'Operation Smile' brings smile for missing kids of every state

'Operation Smile' a brain child of SSP Ghaziabad, Mr. Dharmendra Singh proved to be a success model for tracing and recovering missing children. He launched Operation Smile in September to track and rescue missing children. Out of the total 228 children rescued during the operation, 80 children were from Ghaziabad. 

This unique model is being appreciated all over the country. The unique month-long campaign launched by Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dharmendra Singh to track and rescue children who have gone missing, is being appreciated all over the country. 

Encouraged by Ghaziabad police’s ‘Operation Smile’ initiative, in which 228 children missing from the area were rescued from different parts of the country in a month (September-October), Union Home Ministry has written to all states and union territories to take up a similar drive in January 2015.

“Since the SC has been emphasising upon early recovery of all missing children, it is desirable that based on the experience gained in Operation Smile, all state governments and UTs may take up the initiative. While screening, cases of those children considered to be of missing children category should be documented,” the letter reads.

Before January 1, 2015, police personnel from each state need to be trained in various provisions of POCSO Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Protection of Child Rights Act and advisories issued by MHA.

The home secretary has also written that the police personnel should take photographs and video recordings of the children. Particulars of these children should be uploaded in 'track the missing child web portal' of the Ministry of Women and Child Development by respective state police bodies, the secretary advised.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Jharkhnd also launched Operation Muskan and sent 7 teams on 30th April, 2015 to conduct search operations in 28 cities of 9 states – Delhi NCR, Panjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. During the operation rescue operation will be conducted for victims of child labour and human trafficking in these majour cities.

The search operation will be conducted in the cities of Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Ajmersareef, Jaipur, Bikaner, Pushkar, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam,  Mumbai, Nasik, Pune, Nagpur, Vardha, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Balia, Ahmedabad and Surat.