Cyberabad police launch Operation Smile

  • Fresh initiative to rescue missing kids
  • Bid to create child-friendly society
  • In tune with Union Home Ministry’s line

Hyderabad, January 4: As directed by the Union Home Ministry, the Cyberabad Police has launched a month-long “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 employed as child labourers.

The objective of the “Operation Smile” is to create a child-friendly society. As part of the campaign, 11 Task Force Teams have been formed with each is headed by one Sub-Inspector and four constables trained by CID on various provisions of Child related legislations, such as Juvenile Justice Act, POCSO Act and so on. Malkajgiri DCP Rama Rajeshwari, IPS, will be the nodal officer of the operation. Cyberabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand, IPS, nominated 43 Sub-Inspectors as Child Welfare Officers (CWOs) in each Police Station in November 2014. The CWOs will assist the Task Force in tracing the missing children. An orientation training was conducted at the Commissionerate for these Police personnel on Saturday.

During the operation, all children residing in shelter-homes, Railway platforms, Bus stations, roads, religious places and so on will be screened by the trained personnel of the task force. Their photographs will be taken by the respective police authorities. Details of the identified children will be shared in print and electronic media so that their parents, relatives, the concerned police and other stake-holders get the information about the missing children. Particulars of such identified children and missing children will be uploaded in the ‘Missing Child’ portal of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, by the respective divisional Police after the operation.

In Cyberabad Commissionerate, as on December 31, 2014, a total of 926 child missing cases were reported of which 703 cases were detected (226 Boy Missing, 477 Girl Missing cases) and 223 (59 Boy Missing, 164 Girl Missing) cases are yet to be traced. A photo album containing high resolution photos of all missing children has been prepared and the list of CWC (Child Welfare Committee) members, registered NGOs and Shelter-homes is given to each Police Station. Project Director-ICDS will nominate members of DCPU (District Child Protection Units) to associate with the Police teams. Special posters have been prepared for this drive to create awareness on child safety. Massive inspection drives will be conducted during the period at all restaurants, dhabas, micro industries, construction sites of real estate, cinema halls, malls and such similar places.

Verification of all children at registered and unregistered shelter-homes and NGOs will be done. Efforts will be made to ensure better conditions in shelter-homes. De-addiction for rescued children, who are found to be addictive will be done. Gangs involved in child trafficking will be busted, especially the ones, who force children into begging, rag-picking at railway stations, big temples, mosques, dargas, bus-stands and so on. Severe action will be initiated against them.

The Cyberabad Police appealed to the general public and media to give information about children in need of rescue and support. (NSS)

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