In the matter of case under KC Rajanna v. Addl Chief Secretary and Ors, the Karnataka High Court ordered the State government to put on record in two weeks, the effective efforts that are being taken to guarantee that children do not escape from government-run child care institutions.
The court issued the order while hearing Rajnanna KC’s petition. Although a crime has been reported about missing children from institutions, the petitioner’s lawyer, Umapati S, argued that no effort has been taken to locate the children. Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice SR Krishna Kumar of the Division Bench granted the State counsel two weeks to take directions in this matter.
141 children went missing between 2015-2016 and October 2021, according to the petitioner in the case, who discovered this information through the Right to Information Act.
Despite the fact that criminal proceedings have been filed, he claims that no efforts have been taken to locate the missing children.
The Additional Government Advocate requested time to gather information from several police stations about the search for the missing children. The government’s failure to locate children in child care institutions, according to the petition, is a severe blunder.
According to the petition, the majority of the parents of these missing children are uneducated, poor, and illiterate, and they are unaware that their children are missing. They have no access to justice and are incapable of accessing the courts.