Operation Muskan: 1,085 children rescued since 2016

K.V. Mohan Rao, Superintendent of Railway Police (SRP), Vijayawada Division, said on Monday the police in association with other line departments and NGOs had rescued 1,085 children in the last two-and-a-half years.

He said the Government Railway Police (GRP) had rescued 17 children under the ‘Operation Smile’ from July 24 to 30, of whom four were handed over to their parents.

Mr. Mohan Rao told mediapersons here that 873 boys and 212 girls of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and other States had been rescued at the railway stations and other public places since 2016.

Back with parents

He said 855 children were restored to their parents after verifying their Aadhaar, ration cards and family photographs and the remaining were sent to different Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Krishna district Chairman, B.V.S. Kumar said child labour, begging and runaway children were high in the district and cautioned the parents on the movement of mafia gangs. “The gangs will sexually exploit the children,” he said.

Mr. Mohan Rao said the police had kept a vigil on the movement of the gangs in and around the railway stations and on trains and no incidents of children trapped by mafia were reported.The officials interacted with the rescued children and advised them not to run away from homes over petty reasons, and lauded the services of the Childline in rescuing them.

CWC members L. Francis, Fr. Ignatius and Nahid, RPF Inspector G.V.R. Kumar, GRP Inspector U. Bangaru Raju, Childline coordinator A. Ramesh and other officers were present.

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