Author: Adisha
•Sunday, November 02, 2008
I brought this up with a few friends the other day and thought it worth bringing up here in bloggerville. In the US, I've seen in movies and on news that once children or anyone goes missing, it's assumed that the child / person may be found fastest among the first 24 hours and then the chances keep getting slimmer. Which actually makes sense if you think of it logically.

On the other than in India, one may not file a missing report till a being is missing for 72 hours. I wonder what logic that comes from. Is it from assuming that a person has run away from home or is just lost close to home. But isn't it better that one starts searching for a kid lost or kidnapped as soon as it's established that they are not at home ? Or maybe I've just got things wrong. In today's violent times it's better to be more cautious and put in extra efforts at the onset only. And taken precautions is always better in order to prevent any wrong doings. If someone can clarify for me the policy on filing missing person's complaints.

My brother was lost once when he was really young. The usual kid losing his way looking at something else and a misunderstanding among adults of who the kid is with. This is more often than not the case. Albeit for a few hours, but I still shudder at the memory of thinking that I'd lost him forever and am repulsed at the thought of what might have happened. I'm till date thankful for him listening to my kiddie advice of staying where I left him last, wondering at the miracle that brought him back to us. I just pray that many more such miracles bring people back home safe and sound ... God speed !
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2 Spin Offs:

On November 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM , Sandeep Balan said...

i join u in ur prayer....the power of two is sure to create some impact....he he.....jokes apart....loved the simplicity of ur post....india continues to be content being in a deep slumber....sigh!

On November 7, 2008 at 4:33 PM , Sanika said...

That is one of most scary things that can happen.. i am glad that you found your brother...its always good to have a plan incase such a situation would occur... like failies have a plan incase there is a tornado, or there is no one at home when you come home etc. I was once at the local Mall and saw a 3 year old boy crying...he could not answer any questions asked by the Mall security police or anyone else, since he was in shock... His mother was just around the corner in the play area, from where he had wandered off and she came looking for him in time...but it was heartbreaking to see how terrified the little guy was.