It was one day of June month, last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi thought of launching a portal where citizens could upload information about the missing kids. After alomst a year, a website or most probably a project named ‘Khoya-Paya’ has been initiated by the concerned department. On 2nd June 2015, The Women and Child Development Ministry and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology rolled out an online platform where anyone can directly report, track and upload information on missing children. It is a kind of social media platform where people can share information about missing children.
In India, more than 70,000 kids are reported missing every year, 11 children every hour, and hence a much waited need of an online portal has been fulfilled through the launch of ‘Khoya-Paya’ portal. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad jointly launched the website ‘www.khoyapaya.gov.in’. On the occasion, Maneka Gandhi said, “There are approximately 70,000 children who are reported missing every year. We felt there was a need of a portal for everyone where details can be put up on khoya paya and then can contact the police.”
The website will not only help to file a report about missing child, but one can also track the efforts towards his/her recovery using the platform. One can put forward all the queries which will be answered at the same place. The website ‘www.khoyapaya.gov.in’ will feature three sections – ‘My Child is missing’, ‘I have sighted a child’ and ‘search a missing child’.
The portal also hosts links to court orders wherein police have been mandated to register an FIR in the matter of a child gone missing and treat it as either abduction or trafficking unless it is proved otherwise in the investigation. An official also said at the time of launch, “There is always a lack of information as to what can be done when a person loses a child. Since police play a very important role, the website will assist them in taking better help of police.”
This step has been taken to bring hope to all the parents and society that they can do something about missing children, though we will have to wait to see the outcome as the problem is much bigger at the ground level where maximum number of kids who went missing belonged to poor families, those who don’t have access to internet.