Missing children: SC asks police officials, how will you feel if your children go missing

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New Delhi, Oct 16: The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Chief Secretaries of Bihar, Karnataka, Tripura and Chhattisgarh, and the DGPs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh to file a compliance report on tracking down missing children. As per reports, they have incomplete reports on tracking of mising children in their states.

Following a petition filed by Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi's child rights group, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the court had earlier directed many states to file a compliance report regarding complaints of missing children.

The chief secretaries and heads of police of Bihar and Chhattisgarh - the two states with some of the worst records on child trafficking - have been asked to appear in the Supreme Court on October 30.

The apex court also said that if the required action will not be taken, then the police officers could be punished for contempt of court.

"Today, some states did not file the status reports and the states which filed the report did not include the required information. So, the court has summoned four Chief Secretaries of Bihar, Karnataka, Tripura and Chhattisgarh, and two DGPs of Bihar and Chhattisgarh on October 30," senior lawyer H S Phoolka told ANI.

"The court also said it will take up two states every day and will ask the details from those states and what efforts they are making. The Chief Justice very clearly conveyed that the states where children go missing repeatedly and no action is taken, we will also punish the officers of those states for contempt of court," he added.

As per NDTV report, judges said they want chief secretaries and police commissioners to explain "How will they feel if their children go missing".

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