Operation Smile launched to trace missing children

A special campaign has been launched by the police across the central zone encompassing eight districts to trace missing children.

Codenamed ‘Operation smile’, the month-long campaign is being carried out in coordination with the officials of the District Child Protection Units in the respective districts.

The State-wide campaign has been launched based on a communiqué from the Crime Branch-CID following instructions from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Special police teams constituted in all eight districts for the purpose have been mandated to trace the missing children in their respective jurisdiction.

Police personnel of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit were being engaged to trace the children by carrying out checks at children’s homes, orphanages, railway stations, bus stands, and religious places.

Particulars of the rescued children would be matched with the information available with the police on missing children to reunite them with their parents, sources said.

‘Operation Smile’ was being replicated in Tamil Nadu on the lines of a mission carried out by the Ghaziabad police to trace missing / abandoned children, a police official said.

A pro forma has been circulated to police personnel regarding missing children, and the filled-up information should be sent to the CB-CID to be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Tiruchi Childline, an organisation that provides emergency services to children in distress, had restored 65 children to their parents / guardians in the last nine months (April-December 2014).

Broken homes, crisis in the family, ill-treatment by stepmother, and lack of love and affection were among the important factors that force children to run away from their home, says a field-level staff of the Child Line.

Special teams constituted in all eight districts of central region

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