NEW DELHI : If your child goes missing, better put details on new mobile-cum-web portal ”khoya-paya” started by the Modi government on Tuesday to help trace such children instead of running to police station that invariably harasses before registering the complaint. Better to report to police but you can upload the details any time, before or after reporting to the police.
You can either go to the website khoyapaya.gov.in or download Android application ”khoya-paya” and quickly put the details, including verbal description, photographs and videos, about the missing child. Anyone sighting an abandoned, lost child or one accompanied by suspicious persons can also upload information on “found children.”
The idea of why no use the modern digital technology to search the missing children came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting he had convened on June 23 last year and it has been now transformed into a reality by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology in coordination with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, according to Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. He remembered how people have been using Internet to search old friends lost years ago and wanted it put to use similarly for searching the lost children.Maneka said the portal has facility to put details in all regional languages and the information so put will be immediately registered by the concerned as well as all surrounding police stations to launch the search of the child immediately. All those registering on website or through the mobile will also be able to see the details to double up the search as speed is extremely important in such cases.
She said it would be of immense use to the poor who do not have means and reach alike the rich and the middle class. Though putting details on this portal will make the police mount the hunt, it will be necessary to register a formal complaint with police, she said.
Maneka Gandhi pointed out that the children can go “missing” for many reasons. They could be runaways from home or simply be lost. They could be trafficked, abducted or kidnapped — all crimes against children.
Though the portal was jointly launched only Tuesday evening by Maneka Gandhi and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, there were already statistics on its dashboard about 33 children who went missing, including 10 reported on Tuesday who are not yet verified and 28 sighted, including five on Tuesday who are yet to be verified. Already 583 persons have registered as users.
Except for statistical details, there were, however, no names, photos, etc. on the dashboard, but the officials who developed the enabling platform for the citizens said these too would be displayed but the information would be rushed to police without any delay. The state governments have been asked to persuade all police stations to keep an eye on the website that will also help in matching of the physical attributes of the missing and found children.Three girls and seven boys were reported missing on the website: Two girls and a boy from Rajasthan, one girl from Bihar and one boy each from Delhi, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and one from unspecified area. One girl from Chandigarh, one boy each from Chhattisgarh and Karnataka and two from unspecified area were reported as “sighted.”