Po­lice drive to look for miss­ing chil­dren will start from Jan­uary 1

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Sev­eral chil­dren who have gone miss­ing may find help soon as the Navi Mum­bai po­lice will be­gin the sec­ond part of Op­er­a­tion Smile from Jan­uary 1.

Af­ter the suc­cess of ‘Op­er­a­tion Smile 1’ in July, the po­lice will again speed up the process of find­ing miss­ing chil­dren.

Op­er­a­tion Smile 1 was a month-long cen­tral gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to find miss­ing chil­dren and hand them over to par­ents and guardians.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan, “Dur­ing the spe­cial drive, we will once again col­lect in­for­ma­tion on the chil­dren who have gone miss­ing or run away from their house.” The po­lice plan to take the help of the me­dia too.

The drive is con­ducted through­out the coun­try on the di­rec­tives of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the Supreme Court.

“We will take pic­tures and de­tails of all chil­dren found at or­phan­ages, with NGOs, at rail­way sta­tions, bus ter­mi­nals, beg­ging on streets or at traf­fic sig­nals, sell­ing wares, rag-pick­ers or work­ing at places of wor­ship or other places,” said Ran­jan.

He said, “They will all be con­sid­ered as miss­ing chil­dren and their pho­to­graphs and de­tails will be posted on the web­site www.track­the­miss­ingchild. com.”

Ran­jan said the chil­dren found dur­ing the op­er­a­tion will be pre­sented be­fore the child wel­fare com­mit­tee with their com­plete de­tails. Once the par­ents give proof that the child is theirs, the com­mit­tee will hand the child over to them af­ter fol­low­ing the pre­scribed norms.

The po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate will hold a brief­ing ses­sion on the en­tire op­er­a­tion for its per­son­nel on Thurs­day.

“They will be given de­tails of the Acts con­cern­ing chil­dren, the process that have to be fol­lowed, the rights of the po­lice and the steps they need to take on find­ing a child,” said Ran­jan. “While our per­son­nel will be on the field look­ing for miss­ing chil­dren, we will also so­licit the sup­port of the me­dia so that most chil­dren can be sent back home.”

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