11 children go missing every hour in the country, a child rights NGO claimed, citing data collected from government between 2008 and 2010 and a survey.
The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) said it collected the data using RTI from 392 districts across the country in a span of two years and claimed it found nearly 11 children go missing every hour.
In its book 'Missing Children of India', the NGO claimed 1,17,480 children went missing across the country between January, 2008, to January, 2010, as per data collected from government agencies.
According to BBA, Maharastra topped the list with most number of cases of missing children, follwed by West Bengal and Delhi where 1,442 children were registered as missing and untraced in 2011.
"The biggest problem is the apathy of law enforcement agencies as a majority of children going missing are not even being acknowledged, let alone registered and investigated," BBA founder said.
"Police and law and enforcement agencies do not take the cases seriously. There is a dearth of agencies for collecting and disseminating the data on missing children," Sunil Krishna, Director General, National Human Rights Commission said.