Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu on June 29, 2018 launched a mobile application ‘ReUnite’ to track and trace missing and abandoned children in India.
The app has been developed jointly by NGO ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ and IT major Capgemini.
Highlights of the app
• The app will work to reunite parents with their children who have gone missing.
• The app is multiuser where parents and citizens can upload pictures of children, and provide detailed description like name, birth mark, address, report to the police station, search and identify missing kids.
• The photographs will not be saved in the mobile phone’s physical memory.
• Amazon Rekognition, web facial recognition service, is being used within the app to identify missing kids.
• The app is available for both Android and iOS.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan
• Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) is an NGO and India’s largest movement for the protection of children and works along with law enforcement agencies and policymakers.
• It was founded by Kailash Satyarthi, a social activist and Nobel Laureate.
• BBA pioneered the first consulted effort in the country on the issue of missing children and its linkages with trafficking in the case involving missing children of Nithari in 2006. The case led the Supreme Court pass the landmark judgement in 2013 ordering that FIR has to be lodged in all cases of missing children.
Facts and Figures
• Every year, around 44,000 children go missing in the country, of which, just 11000 are rescued.
• As per the BBA study, 117480 children were reported missing, 74209 were traced and 41546 remained untraced in two years between 2008 and 2010.
• Among 20 states and 4 UTs, Maharashtra (26211) reported highest number of missing children followed by West Bengal (25413), Delhi (13,570) and Madhya Pradesh (12,777).
• Maharashtra (1,706) also has the highest number of traced children followed by Delhi (11870), Madhya Pradesh (9537), Uttar Pradesh (7586), West Bengal (6653) and Karnataka (3522).