Monday, October 12, 2015

‘Operation Valsalya’ to track missing children in Kerala

Taking a serious view of the increase in the number of children missing in the state, the Kerala government has launched a programme to trace, rescue and reunite the little ones with their family.

Titled as ‘Operation Valsalya’, the state government’s ambitious programme is envisaged to be implemented on the lines of the much acclaimed ‘Operation Smile’ project in Ghaziabad. According to police statistics, as many as 69 children have been kidnapped or abducted across the state till June this year.

While 116 children had been kidnapped in the state in 2014, the number was 136 in 2013 and 147 in 2012, it said.

The state Social Justice Department, which initiated the programme on a small scale recently, is planning to execute it with the support of various government departments.

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