Railway police drive: 43 missing children found in 11 days

Source:  indianexpress.com

As part of a special drive to locate missing children and rescue those involved in child labour, the Government Railway Police, Pune, have found 43 missing children in a span of 11 days.

Of these, 17 have been reunited with their families and the rest have been temporarily lodged in rescue homes. The search for their parents is on.

The month-long initiative ‘Operation Muskan’ was launched by the railway police on July 1. The state police department is also undertaking a similar drive.

The railway police have designated officers who are constantly monitoring railway stations and trains to trace missing children.

“We have formed a special team for this purpose, headed by a police sub-inspector. Between July 1 and July 11, we found 43 children in the age group   5 to 15 years from various stations and trains. So far, we have traced families of 17 of them.

We were able to contact them and reunite the children with their families,” said Abhay Parmar, police inspector (GRP). According to officials, most of the children who have been rescued are from north Indian states, West Bengal, and from Maharashtra interiors. They added that after the children are rescued, it is a struggle to find information about their families due to langauge barriers. More info

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