33-year-old Seema Dhaka, Delhi Police Head Woman Constable at northwest Delhi’s Samaypur Badli Police station has become the first police personnel to get out-of-turn promotion to sub-inspector for reuniting 76 children with their families under a new incentive scheme from different states like Punjab and West Bengal. She didn’t take a single day off for almost 3 months and used to take rest for 2-3 hours on most days and if she get a clue of missing children in the middle of the night, Dhaka would leave to follow it up at that hour.
Dhaka said that “There were two children whom I traced. While accompanying them to their homes in West Bengal, they developed a special bond with me during the train journey. They were crying when it was time for me to leave them with their parents”. She also added that “I have an eight-year-old son. I could feel what the children felt on being separated from their parents and what the parents felt on losing them”.
Dhaka said that a lot of the children she traced had been separated from their parents for many years. Some of them had quarrelled with their parents and some were abused by their stepmother before leaving their homes but she ensured them that they will take care of them after she counsels their parents. Even after testing positive for COVID-19, she returned to the work after recovery in three weeks.
Dhaka started to trace these children since August 7 this year when Delhi Police Commissioner, SN Shrivastava announced incentive scheme for constables and head constables that whoever trace 50 or more missing children in 12 months are eligible for the out-of-turn promotion to sub-inspector.
Since August 7, Delhi Police have traced 1,440 missing children and 1,222 were reported missing during this time.
In 2019, out of 5,412 children reported as missing only 61.64% were traced while this year the number of missing children has increased to 3,507 and the recovery rate is 74.96%.
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