The national capital has earned the dubious distinction of having the second highest number of missing children in the country.
Delhi comes after Kolkata, as far as the maximum number of missing children in the country are concerned.
An alarming point is that a majority of children are girls 12 to 19 and they come from the marginalized communities (80 per cent) living in slum areas.
The grim fact is corroborated by a 2005 National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report which states that every year 7,058 children are reported missing in Delhi, which accounts for 6.7 per cent of the country's missing children.
Children rescued in such cases talk of the organized kidnapping behind these missing incidents.
Well organized gangs having nationwide connections and sometimes, global, "sold" girls to prospective buyers.