Saturday, September 19, 2015

Operation Smile’ rescues 19,000 missing children from slavery, abuse

Home Minister Rajnath Singh's
Operation Smile has rescued 19,000
missing children from being pushed into
prostitution and bonded labor to ill-
treatment by parents. The Central
Government is planning to reward
individual officers based on their
performance but wants details of
identified children to be published in
media. The Operation has seen different
state police and women and child
departments step up efforts to rescue
missing children, with Haryana and
Maharashtra taking the lead.
Police also reported that the number of
rescued boys was higher than girls, who
are mostly pushed into prostitution.
However, the CID department of
Maharashtra rescued a girl who was
being trafficked for the purpose of
Home Ministry has also asked the state
governments to sensitise and train
police officers at various ranks about
issued related to missing children,
POSCO Act, Juvenile Justice Act and
Protection of Child Rights Acts.