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Today we are celebrating the 37th National Missing Children’s Day.
National Missing Children's Day has been commemorated in the United States on May 25, since 1983
The aims of the day are to place a spotlight the issue of child abduction, encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority.
This day has been initiated by President Ronald Reagan, proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.
It was first observed in 2001 through the efforts of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).
ICMEC is focused to protect the children’s around the world from going missing or being abducted by providing resources for governments, law enforcement, NGOs, and families on prevention as well as the appropriate actions to take in the event a child does go missing.
On May 25, 1979, Etan Patz was only six years old when he disappeared from his New York City home on his way from bus to school.
The date of his disappearance was designated as National Missing Children's Day
At the time, cases of missing children rarely garnered national media attention, but his case quickly received extensive coverage.
His father, a professional photographer, distributed black-and-white photographs of him in an effort to find him.
The resulting massive search and media attention that followed focused the public's attention on the problem of child abduction and the lack of plans to address it.
For almost three years, media attention was focused on Atlanta, Georgia, where the bodies of young children were discovered in lakes, marshes, and ponds along roadside trails.
Twenty-nine bodies were recovered in the Atlanta murders of 1979–1981 before a suspect was arrested and convicted.
Based on the statistical report, around 54,750 children went missing in India, for last one year and only half of them would have been traced, according to the latest data from National Crime Records Bureau, which translates to an average of 174 every day.
More disquietingly, 50% of the children who have gone missing until 2016 have stayed untraced.
Girls between 12 to 18 accounts for 66% of children reported as kidnapped in 2016.
In India, Over 2.30,000 children has been reported missing across india and 1,06,617 children have reminded untraced, in that West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi are high for last 3 Years.
Global Missing Children’s Network, which formed in 1998, has 29 member countries who all connect in order to share information and best practice, working towards improving the effectiveness and success rate of missing children investigations.
Every year on May 25, GMCN members pay respects to International Missing Children's Day, honoring missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered.
Every day, all around the world, children go missing for unknown reasons, While the majority of children who are reported missing return on their own after a short period of time, the longer a child is missing.
Children who go missing are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, forced employment, physical and emotional violence as well as criminal activity.
In the United Kingdom, around 1,12,853 children are reported missing every year, on average 8% of runaway children experience some form of sexual assault while missing.
Two out of three missing children in India remain untraced and the number has increased by almost 84 per cent between 2013 and 2015.
The data, available with the Ministry of Home Affairs, shows that the total number of untraced children in 2015 was 62,988 as against 34,244 in the year 2013.
Also, a child goes missing every eight minutes in India.
In United States, an estimated 460,000 children are reported missing every year.
In Germany, an estimated 100,000 children are reported missing each year.
As part of the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony, the U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a significant contribution to protecting children.
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