“OPERATION MUSKAAN” BY CID CRIME BRANCH
A special campaign “Operation Muskaan” was undertaken by
officials of CID Crime Branch during the month of July, 2015
to rescue and rehabilitate the missing/abandoned children in
The particulars of all the untraced Missing Children of
Puducherry U.T. since 2000 were collected by the officials
of CB CID. A special team under an Inspector was formed to
visit public places, to rescue missing/abandoned children
and to rehabilitate them by handing over them to the Shelter
Homes after producing them before the CWC, Puducherry.
Second team was formed under another Inspector to visit all
the Child Care Homes in Puducherry and Karaikal to screen
the children in Shelter Homes, for missing children.
As a part of “Operation Muskaan”, the Officials of CID Crime
Branch, Social Welfare Department, Child Welfare Committee
and NGOs visited 67 Child Care Homes in Puducherry and
Karaikal regions. The orphans and rescued children were
screened with missing children data. The particulars of
Shelter Homes were collected. It was found that 34 orphan
children are staying in 15 different Shelter Homes in
Puducherry and Karaikal regions. Neither they know their
parents nor their place of origination. Their identity could
not be established.
During “Operation Muskaan” total 14 Children were rescued
from Streets, Railway Station, Temples, Beach, Park, etc.
They were produced before the Child Welfare Committee and
were handed over to Sandosha Nanban, the Child Care Home as
ordered by CWC. Out of the 14 rescued children, the parents
of 13 children were traced and they were reunited with their
parents through CWC, Puducherry.
The particulars and photographs of 34 orphan children,
suspected to be the missing children, were collected and the
same have been uploaded in the Track Child Web Portal of
Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India and
also on the website of Puducherry Police. The Staff of CB
CID were also dispatched to the probable localities of such
orphan children to trace their parents, but the efforts did
not yield desired result. The list of such children has
been sent to the Chairperson, CWC Puducherry to conduct
field verification of the available data of such orphans.
The effort to trace their parents and place of origination
. During the visits to Shelter Homes, it was found
that 24 Child Care Institutions (19 in Puducherry and 5 in
Karaikal) are functioning without valid license from the
Competent Authority. Hence, a letter enclosing the list of
such Homes has been sent to the Director, Department of
Social Welfare, Puducherry for taking appropriate action in
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