Chennai: Obliging to Madras high court injunction, DGP T.K. Rajendran has issued directions to the state police to register cases under relevant sections dealing with child-trafficking, on complaints of missing children, on Friday.
“If complainants mention their children under the age of 18 years were kidnapped, the officials concerned should register the case under the sections of child-trafficking,” read the circular issued by the top cop.
The circular has been issued after Justice M. Venugopal and Justice R. Hemalatha bench of Madras High Court ordered the police to register cases under section 363 or 366(a) of IPC, recently. The court also directed police to register missing cases for child-trafficking complaints.
The circular has been released at the time of prevalent rumours regarding child-trafficking and subsequent attacks on north Indians suspecting them as child-lifters. “Following the DGP direction, the child-trafficking cases will be handled as they are deemed to be. Now the police officers concerned are forced to trace the children and arrest the perpetrators,” a social activist said.