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2016-08-19 05:22:21

Panic of child kidnapping: Myth and reality behind missing children

Alarming news from Punjab that children are being kidnapped with increasing frequency sent a chill down my spine. As a father, I can realize that whenever a child or teen is kidnapped anywhere, heavens fall on parents. The terrifying prospect of abduction fills hearts and minds of affected family everywhere. The Supreme Court’s two-judge bench in Lahore was earlier this month told by police chief that more than 1800 children were kidnapped between 2015 and 2016, of them 1,715 have so far been recovered while 93 still missing. In 2015 alone, there were more than 1,200 kidnappings reported in Punjab. This year until now, at least 770 children have been kidnapped mainly from larger cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar. The police report admitted that many of them have not been recovered. And the shocking revelation was that in last six years, there were 6,800 abductions of kids in Punjab, out of which nearly 600 are yet to be reunited with their grieved families. I think the number of unreported cases will be higher as victim families usually avoid taking police help. Increasingly, news and social media is filled with stories of more child kidnappings. Sometimes there is word of a mafia operating, running gangs of criminals. Some say vans suddenly arrive, people jump out, grab little children, and speed away. Other, far more disturbing accounts, tell of organ trade and dead children. Yet none of this has bothered the government enough to offer a formal statement acknowledging or denying such reports. People in Lahore, especially, are now terrified. Some are also calling for delaying opening the schools till this matter is settled first. Everybody is upset; just not the government. People, naturally, have taken to vigilantism. Social media tells of people being caught red handed and roughed up by the people; the police nowhere to be seen. In one incident, caught on film, the law did not arrive for two hours after an attempted kidnapping was foiled. While two of the three alleged culprits got away, people beat the one that was caught within an inch of his life. The police did slightly better in KP, arresting a seven-member gang, five of which were females, some in the health department. These are chilling facts. Yet even more frightening is that they do not bother the government at all.

pk.shafaqna.com

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