NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK
The Court in its order dated 14/11/2002 laid out the following guidelines for effective search of the Kidnapped minor girls , which are to be followed by the Investigation Officer in all the States:
(1)Publish photographs of the missing persons in the Newspaper , telecast them on Television promptly , and in case not later than one week of the Receipt of the complaint .Photographs of a missing person shall be given wide publicity at all the prominent outlets of the city /town / village concerened that is at the Railway Stations , Inter state bus Stands , airport , regional passport office and through law enforcement personnel at Border checkpoints. This should be done promptly and in any case not later than one week of the receipt of the complaint.But in case of a minor/major girl such photographs shall not be published without the written consent of the parents /guardians.
(2)Make inquiries in the neighborhood , the place of work/study of the missing girl from friends colleagues , acquaintance , relatives etc. immediately . Equally all the clues from the papers and belongings of the missing person should be promptly investigated .
(3)T contact the Principal , Class teacher and Students at the missing persons most recent school /educational institutions. If the missing girl or woman is employed somewhere , then to contact the most recent employer and her colleagues at the place of employment.
(4)Conduct an inquiry into the whereabouts from the extended family of relatives , neighbours , school teachers including school friends of the missing girl or woman .
(5)Make necessary inquiries whether there have been past incidents or reports of violence in the family.
There after the investigation officer/agency shall:
(a) Diligently follow up to ensure that the records requested from the parents are obtained and examine them for clues.
(b)Hospitals and Mortuaries to be seached immediately after receiving the complaint
(c) The reward for furnishing clues about missing person should be announced within a month of her disappearance.
(d)Equally Hue and Cry notices shall be given within a month.
(e) The Investigation should be made through women police officers as far as possible.
(f) The concerned police commissioner or the DIG/IG of the State Police would find out the feasibility of establishing a multitask force for locating girl children women.
(g) Further , in the Metropolitan cities such as Delhi , Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai the Investigating Officer should immediately verify the red light areas and try to find out the minor girls. If any minor girl (may or may not be recently brought there ) is found her permission be taken and she may be taken to the children’s home (Sec 34 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of the Children) Act 2000, and the I.O. to take appropriate steps that all medical /other facilities are provided to her.