SHC rebukes Sindh police in missing children case

Court was informed only one out of 23 missing children has been recovered





The Sindh High Court reprimanded Sindh police on its performance in missing children case after it was informed that only one out of 23 missing children has been recovered.

During the hearing, the crime branch deputy inspector general for crime branch informed a two-member bench of the SHC that a team was formed on orders from Sindh IG and one minor girl has been recovered so far.

The court expressed anger over police’s performance and said that their investigation process was very slow.

The court also expressed lack of confidence over the team formed on directives of IGP Sindh, observing that a new team be constituted under the leadership of DIG.

Furthermore, the court ordered that the DIG should appear in court till all the missing children are found and issued directives for the appearance of IGP Sindh in the next hearing.

The SHC directed police officials to constitute a new team under DIG and make sure recovery of missing children as soon as possible. The court also directed crime branch DIG to appear before court in person on every hearing till recovery of missing children.

During the course of eight months, between January 1 and August 31, 151 cases of children going missing were reported. Out of the count, 135 were solved, while investigation is said to be under way in the 16 other cases.

Former Sindh IGP Amjad Javed Saleemi has expressed suspicion, saying there are a few gangs that kidnap children and break their limbs to make them beg.

The hearing was adjourned for three weeks.