Print Edition - 2014-09-27 | Main News
Where have all the children gone?
Sep 26, 2014-
More than four Nepali children go missing every day, according to a report from the Central Child Welfare Board, a government body working to ensure child rights. What is worse, only half of them are found.
The report based on the findings of the National Centre for Children at Risk (NCCR), a mechanism formed to lead efforts in tracing the minors, shows that of the 8,485 children disappeared in the past five years only 4,795 were found. At 4,256, the number of missing girls is slightly higher than that of the boys.
The report shows that girls are less likely to be traced, with 59 percent of the total found children being boys. Among the 4,795 who were found since the fiscal year 2009-10, the number of girls is 2,021.
The NCCR was formed in December, 2006 under the Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare, in association with the CCWB, Nepal Police and NGOs advocating child rights. The report points to cross-border trafficking for sexual exploitation and circus, and having bonded labour in agriculture, industrial and construction sectors as the reason behind the children unaccounted for.
Similarly, domestic trafficking for embroidery work, household jobs, brick kilns, hotels and other service sectors too have contributed to the problem.
Rights activists suspect sex trafficking for the higher number of missing girls. Gauri Pradhan, former member of the National Planning Commission and the founder of CWIN—an NGO working for children, however, said positive interventions have slowed the rate of missing children.
While 2,186 were lost in 2009-10, the number fell to 1,453 in 2012-13 and went
further down to 837 last fiscal year.
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Fiscal year Total missing Total found
2009-10 2186 1285
2010-11 2,431 1,344
2011-12 1,578 880
2012-13 1,453 823
2013-14 837 384
Published: 27-09-2014 09:59