36 children rescued in one week

  • TS Operation Smile a success

Hyderabad, January 12: A review meeting on the working of “Operation Smile” was conducted on Monday in the Cyberabad Commissionerate by the Commissioner of Police C.V. Anand IPS, along with the members of the task force, Chairperson/Members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), Ranga Reddy, Legal Officer of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), Project Director, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Child line (1098), NGO Divya Disha, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA). DCP, Malkajgiri Rama Rajeshwari, IPS, was the nodal officer for the operation.

The Cyberabad police launched a month-long dedicated campaign called “Operation Smile” from January 1 to 31 to identify, track, locate, rescue and rehabilitate children, who were either kidnapped or left home on their own and have been subjected to abuse, exploitation and have been employed as child labourers. As part of the campaign, 11 Task Force Teams were formed. The Cyberabad Commissioner of Police had nominated 43 Sub-Inspectors as Child Welfare Officers (CWOs) in each Police Station to assist the Task Force in tracing the missing children and to rescue children found abandoned.

The Task Force started the operation from January 3 and traced/rescued 36 children by January 10. Reasons for missing of children varied from poor financial background, elopement, ill-treatment at home to orphaned and so on. The rescued children were handed over to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), which in turn, referred them to shelter homes. As part of this operation, all children residing in shelter-homes, Railway platforms, Bus stations, roads, religious places and so on were screened by the trained personnel of the task force.

Particulars of both missing/identified children were uploaded in the ‘Missing Child’ portal of the Ministry of Women and Child Development by the respective divisional Police after the operation (www.trackthemissingchild.gov.in). Verification of all children at registered and unregistered shelter-homes and NGOs is being done. De-addiction for rescued children, who are found to be addictive is also done. Efforts were made to bust gangs involved in trafficking, especially the ones who force children into begging, rag-picking at railway stations, big temples, mosques, dargahs, bus-stands and so on. Cyberabad Police appealed to the general public and the media to give information about children in need of rescue and support. (NSS)

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