Karnataka State Missing Child Bureau was inaugurated at Don Bosco Child Labour Mission, Davangere in a solemn and fitting manner by the Davangere District Labour Officer Mr. S.C. Ramachandra and a few children of DBCLM in the presence of various invited guests, all the Directors and the staff of MCB in all the 7 other districts at Don Bosco Child Labour Mission, Davangare on 13th January 2010. While speaking on the occasion Mr. Ramachandra said, “Community awareness is required to prevent children from going missing”.

The inauguration was followed by a two-day state level training programme for the coordinators and Directors of the Missing Child Bureau. The function was jointly organized by Women and Child Welfare Department, BOSCO and Don Bosco Child Labour Mission. “There are possibilities that the missing children are found by people who harass and exploit them. Child labour is illegal also. NGOs, Government departments and people should work together to prevent such inhuman acts”, so pointed out Mr. Ramachandrappa.

He also stated that more children belonging to one particular community are found during raids by concerned authorities. “Children from Christian Community are found less in such raids, awareness being a major reason for the situation. Hence awareness among other communities should also be created”, he noted.

He added that child labourers are still employed in ‘Mandakki Bhatti’ and said the department was trying to tackle the problem taking it as a challenge. He also said, “Details of the 400 bhattis out of the 600 bhattis are being conducted. Information of the remaining places will be soon gathered and action will be taken to prevent child labour.”

Women and Child Welfare Department Director H. K. Dasappa lamented that number of missing children found in the bus stands and railway stations has been around 600 to 700 everyday. Unmarried mothers abandon their children. But every child has the right to live and the government is responsible to take care of such children. He lauded the efforts of organizations like Don Bosco Child Labour Mission who gives a new life to these children.

State Director of MCS Rev. Fr. Jose P. addressed the gathering and said that the parents while filing a missing complaint with the police should also contact the Bureau. People can also contact through (mcbdc_davangare@homelink.in or mcb_Karnataka@homelink.in). The information of the missing children will be put up on the website. Organizations working for the cause will also help in tracing the missing child.
Two children who were rescued recently from child labour namely, Masters Manjunath and Nagaraj were given a place of prominence on the dais.

RPF Police station CPI B. H. Raju, Davangare MCS Coordinator Rev. Fr. Sony, Don Bosco Child Labour Mission Director Rev. Fr. Kuriakose and many others were also present.

Fr. Sony SDB