Monday, 6 December 2010

Biometrics preventing child trafficking in India?

The theft of new-born babies and children in India has been a problem for many years now but biometric technology may be about to change this.

The Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital managed by the Pimpri Chinchwas Municipal Corporation, based in Pimpri in the Pune district of India, near to Mumbai has taken new security steps to prevent the theft of new-borns and children from the hospital.

Child trafficking in India has been ignored and overlooked by police and government officials for many years now with children being stolen to be sold, for adoption to other countries, prostitution and begging. Children have been stolen from hospitals, kidnapped from the street whilst they were playing, taken in their sleep and some gullible parents have even given their child away on the back of promises of education and private boarding schools.

The Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital is hoping to prevent this from happening on their premises by installing CCTV cameras and introducing a biometric identification system which will provide matching number tokens to the parent and the child. The steps have been taken to meet with the Bombay high court guidelines on the issue which were recently received by the hospital.
Along with the suggested security installations the hospital has also employed extra security staff for 24 hour surveillance and employed female guards. Within two hours of the birth the biometric information is taken as well as a print of the footprint of the baby.

Will biometric technology prove successful in India’s quest to prevent child theft?


  1. Very interesting article and use of biometric technology. India is definitely on the forefront of utilizing biometric technology for many different applications. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Individual proof comes in 3 main ways: (1) something you know for example a pin number(2) something you have for example access card (3) something you are for example an individual personal feature in this case a finger print. With a one in 64 Billion chance of your own fingerprint will match EXACTLY somebody else, then you would expect the authorities to start embracing this science now, to help prevent this abuse of human life. The challenge is managing the data thus making sure, the right systems are used. The frightening aspect is this technology is available now, it just needs embracing!