The Mumbai Police will begin a month-long search for all missing children within their jurisdiction on July 4th in an effort to reunite them with their families. The police have prepared a set of explicit instructions for residents to follow if they observe youngsters who are unaccompanied or seen in dubious settings. The initiative, called Operation Reunite, will be carried out in partnership with numerous non-government Organizations (NGOs).
The police have launched a search effort to locate all children under the age of 18 who have gone missing thus far in any situation. In accordance with current regulations, the police must file an FIR of kidnapping as soon as a minor goes missing in order to ensure that the matter is handled seriously. Apart from genuine occurrences of kidnapping, this includes lost children, runaways, and youths who elope with their lovers.
According to police officials, many of these instances go unresolved each year. As a result, instructions have been given to run a citywide campaign at the police station level. Therefore, it has been ordered that from August 15 to September 15, all police stations should retrieve all of these unsolved cases that have been registered with them and give them extra attention.
"We will be collaborating with NGOs that are active in the subject of child welfare, and citizen support will be crucial to the success of this campaign. Therefore, we want everyone to alert us right away if they spot any children in questionable circumstances, said deputy commissioner of police (Preventive), Balsing Rajput.
The public is urged to speak with any unaccompanied youngsters they observe, and if necessary, to report them right away to the police control room at 100 or the child hotline at 1098. In addition, you can report this to the closest police station. The likelihood of a youngster becoming separated from their parents or guardians is high anywhere from the streets to crowded venues like train terminals and bus depots.
In order for the police to take the necessary measures, the police have also asked citizens to report any juvenile boys or girls who are spotted working, such as begging or scavenging, in commercial businesses or households, to the control room.