HC seeks report from Karnataka on missing boys, girls

Expressing concern over the issue of missing boys and girls, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to submit a report on cases registered between January 2015 to June 2018.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice Raghvendra S. Chauhan and Justice H.T. Narendra Prasad. issued the direction during the hearing of a habeas corpus writ petition, which was initiated
suo motu
by the court based on a letter written by the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority to the Registrar-General of the High Court.

The authority had forwarded a communication received from the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights along with a complaint of Raghuveer Rathod, a migrant labourer from Madhya Pradesh, about missing of his son from Amruthahalli police station limits in Bengaluru city .

As per the records of investigation submitted before the court, 17-year-old Ramlakhan, son of Raghuveer Rathodwas said to have gone with another boy.

However, the status report submitted by the police disclosed that a separate case related to missing of that boy had been registered in Madhya Pradesh.

Observing that the plight of migrant labourers, missing youth, and missing girls thrown to flesh trade is a cause for concern for society as well as the courts, the Bench asked the State to submit particulars of cases related to complaints on missing boys and girls from January 2015 apart from seeking further investigation report on missing of Ramlakhan from the city police.

Further hearing was adjourned till August 13.

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