Indian Police To Adopt Online Tracking Of Missing Children

The critical, delicate, yet volatile task of tracing missing children will soon receive a much needed boost. Initiated by the West Bengal State Government, police stations across the state will switch to online format of tracking missing children in Odisha from Wednesday.

Dedicating a new website solely for the purpose of keeping a tab on the entire progress from lodging a complaint to successful tracking of a missing child, the website, www.trackthemissingchild.gov.in, will act as a much needed central hub for such an urgent & time-bound activity.

How will the process be handled?

Trained personnel of each ‘District Crime Records Bureau’ will be given user IDs and passwords to upload information on the website clarified ADG (Crime Branch) B K Sharma. After registering a case relating to missing children, police will upload names of the missing person along with their photographs, address and other details on the site. The plan is to constantly update information pertaining to the cases until the victims are traced.

Developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), a Central government institution which provides e-Government/e- Governance solutions in the country, the website will soon become a mandatory responsibility of all the regional Police stations & this mechanism will have to be compulsorily updated by the relevant personnel.

However, taking the initiative a step further, a ‘Crowd-Sourcing’ factor too has been incorporated within the design & functioning added Sharma, “There will be a section where people can upload valuable information and suggestions about missing children. The online system would work as an interface between police and public

Though slow to launch, such initiatives are gradually coming up to aide those in distress & seek help. From the ability to lodge a complaint online to sending out a distress call, such endeavors can make a world of difference. What are your views?

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