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Nearly 200,000 women and children are currently missing in India.


December 11, 2015: In 2015 alone, some 73,242 women have gone missing (until September) of which only 33,825 have been traced so far, India’s home ministry said in a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Dec. 8.

That translates to roughly 270 women going missing every day. After adding the backlog from last year, the number of women who are still untraced in India as of 2015 stood at 135,356.

The case of India’s missing children is no better.This year, until September, there were 35,618 cases of missing children, which translates to 130 cases of missing children daily in India. Of these, only about 19,849 children were traced. After adding the backlog from last year, 61,444 still remain untraced. Source: qz.com/india

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Google gives $5 lakh for child safety in India

Bengaluru, June 10, 2015: Global search engine Google on Monday announced $500,000 (Rs.3.2 crore) in grants to promote child safety campaigns in India. “The grants will support non-profit organisations (NGOs) with smart applications and promote child safety programmes and campaigns in India,” the company’s Indian subsidiary said in a statement here.

The three non-profit NGOs are Childline India Foundation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Tulir. The three NGOs provide free counselling to children in need of help, rescuing them from slavery, trafficking, sexual abuse and forced labour.

“The grants through Google.org will be used to reach more children and create greater awareness about the need to protect their future,” Google India managing director Rajan Anandan said in the statement.

Childline, which provides a free phone service for children in need of help or protection, will develop an online platform to offer its services with the grant.

“As technology plays a key role in transforming lives, we offer support to the three NGOs, which provide safety and protection to the children,” Anandan asserted.

Similarly, Google will fund Andolan to create a programme for fighting child sexual abuse and develop an online information site for its mission.

Tulir works to prevent and heal child sexual abuse across the country. It offers a school-based curriculum to help children stay safe, education for professionals working with children and resources for healing victims.

As children’s safety and protection is a shared responsibility, the company believes its efforts would have a social impact. “Children are vulnerable to physical, economic and sexual exploitation at homes, schools and other protective environments,”  Anandan said.

Globally, the US-based Google has donated over $100 million in grants, $1 billion in technology resources and 80,000 hours of its volunteering to non-profits in 2014. By: Indo-Asian News Service

350 children kept as bonded labour have been rescued in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, February 4, 2015: Nearly 350 children from Bihar have been rescued from bangle-making units in the Old City are in Hyderabad in the last one week. The children, aged between 8 and 18, were kept as bonded labour. But even after a week of being rescued, the children are still waiting to see their families.

The Hyderabad police has arranged for a temporary shelter at the Don Bosco School and are trying to make contact with the families of the children. But they have so far only managed to make contact with families of 25 children.

Hyderabad South Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana says that they have to move very carefully to ensure the children don't fall into wrong hands once again. "We are investigating whether these children were brought with consent. Some people whose children went missing or were kidnapped also have contacted us. Police officers are coming from Bihar to find out more,' says the officer.

Former chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Shantha Sinha, fears that the police does not have a protocol in place for the rehabilitation of the children. "There are no established protocols on how to deal with trafficked children, how to rescue and rehabilitate them.

Sunitha Krishnan, who works for trafficked children and women says, "More important than sending them home is to rehabilitate them properly." Source: thehansindia.com 



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