States not keeping proper data on missing children: NHRC chief

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) National Human Rights Commission chairperson K.G. Balakrishnan Tuesday urged all states to be proactive on the issue of missing children and maintain data on the issue properly.

"Despite so many interventions including from the NHRC and ministry of home affairs, the data on missing children is not being maintained properly by all the states," Balakrishnan said on the National Conference on Missing Children.

Expressing concern over the unabated instances of missing children, he quoted figures from National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data to underline the gravity of the situation.

"In 2011, 76,125 children were reported missing and of these, 30,811 were still untraceable and most of them were girls," he said.

"West Bengal reported the highest number of 19,254, followed by 12,154 from Madhya Pradesh, 6,054 from Delhi and 5,470 from Andhra Pradesh," he said.

Balakrishnan stressed the need to overcome the chasm between the intent and implementation of initiatives for protection of child to overcome the problem.