At least 16 people kidnapped in Delhi everyday: Centre


At least 16 people are kidnapped everyday in Delhi and as many as 5,920 cases of kidnapping were registered in the national capital this year till 15 November, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Delhi Police has reported that 5,920 cases of kidnapping were registered this year till 15 November, out of which in 3,127 cases the victims were actually suspected to be kidnapped or abducted, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Wednesday.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, he said it has emerged during investigation that some victims who were abducted were sold for money, forced into child labour, prostitution, marriage and sexually exploited.

The number of missing people reported in Delhi this year is 20,882.

Ahir also listed out the measures that Delhi Police has taken to tackle human trafficking, which includes, uploading of information about missing children on Zonal Integrated Police Network immediately.

Juvenile Welfare Officers have been appointed in all police stations and they work in close association with family members of the missing child and the investigating officers, he said.

District Missing Persons Unit and Missing Persons Squad for Delhi are working under Crime Branch to monitor the cases of missing children. Every district has an Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), the minister said, adding if a child (aged between three to eight years) is not recovered within four months, the case is transferred to AHTU of the district concerned.