NGO starts a blog Missing Senior Citizen Alert Blog http://missingseniorcitizenalert.blogspot.com/ after two seniors were located through FB and Twitter posts.
On January 18, 2011 Sitaram Dhawade who had come to visit his son Anand at Chandanwadi, Thane (West) went missing at Panvel while on his way to home town in Raigad district.He was travelling by a ST bus and was accompanied by his wife and nephew. As the bus halted at Panvel, he got down and since then went missing.His wife, who was unwell, was sleeping while nephew had got down to get water.
His son Anand, 75, lodged a police complaint immediately and also pasted posters till Lonavala but has been unable to trace him."Hence I decided to take the help of the missing persons blog started by Silver Innings Foundation (SIF). I have heard that missing people can now be easily traced through social networking sites. Let's hope that I am able to find my father soon," said Anand.
One week back, Silver Inning Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) started a blog dedicated to trace missing senior citizens. "In the past we were able to trace two senior citizens who went missing from Bangalore with the help of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. So we thought why not start a blog," said Sailesh Mishra, founder president, Silver Inning Foundation.
Normally when a person goes missing, his family lodges a police complaint which is followed by an advertisement on the national television network.
"But this is not enough as the police also lack staff to just trace the missing cases. So here comes the role of social media," said Mishra.
After a person approaches SIF they not only post the information about the missing person on the blog but also enlist various resources at their disposal.
"We will be in touch with the local police, Maharashtra missing persons bureau, Delhi police missing persons bureau and national crime records bureau," Mishra added.
Moreover, the blog aims to trace people not only in India but across the world.
"We will be in touch with USA's Amber Alert which is their national alert programme to trace the missing seniors. Thus, seniors who often go missing due to dementia or Alzheimer's can be traced anywhere in the world," said Mishra.
"We have also started an alert group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/missingseniorcitizenalert/ and want more and more people to join it to make our task successful," he concluded. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org