To curb the menace of child trafficking, an app to report, search and identify missing and abandoned children was launched by child rights activist and Noble Peace laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, and minister for commerce and industry, Suresh Prabhu on Friday.
A first of its kind mobile application, ReUnite can be used by both parents to report missing children and by citizens to report about any vulnerable child on the streets with details and pictures. The app will connect to government databases of missing children and use facial recognition technology to find a probable match. It will alert the user in case of a match, allowing him/her to see the whereabouts of the child.
Given the security aspect, the photos taken by the user on the app to upload the missing child’s details will not be saved in the phone’s physical memory and will be deleted automatically as soon as the user closes the app.
The app, launched as part of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan with Capgemini, will be available at Google Play store and Apple store. At the launch Satyarthi said, “Every eight minutes, a child goes missing and is forced into labour, abandoned on streets or trafficked. I am hopeful that this initiative will also add on to the efforts made by the government.”