That’s how many children have gone missing in Delhi since 2006, and have yet to be found. For comparison’s sake, a Department of Justice study (PDF) found that about 2,500 American kids who went missing in 1999 had not been located by the turn of the millennium. The population of the United States at that time was 272 million; the population of Delhi is a shade under 12 million.
There are widespread fears that multiple serial killers may be on the loose, perhaps in order to sell the children’s eyes and organs. The police, unconvincingly, claim that many of the missing kids are simply eloping. Their idea of a solution? A helpline.