Head Constable Seema Dhaka has become the first Delhi Police officer to get an out-of-turn promotion (OTP) for tracing 76 missing children and reuniting them with their families in a record 60 days. 56 of these children are under the age of 14.

On August 7, Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava had announced the grant of additional incentives, including out-of-turn promotion, for any Constable or Head Constable who rescues 50 or more missing children below 14 years…within 12 months. At least 15 children should be aged less than eight years.

A farmer’s daughter from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, Seema Dhaka said she had always aspired to join the police force and achieved her dream when she was inducted into the Delhi Police in 2006.

Ms. Dhaka said that she has rescued these children not only from Delhi but also from other States. She rescued two children from West Bengal, two from Hoshiyarpur district of Punjab and several from Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bihar etc.

Dhaka has served in a number of districts throughout the national capital, including Outer District and Rohini. When she was promoted to head constable in 2014, she was posted to South East Delhi. In 2017, she was transferred to Outer North Delhi district.

Having set out to the task, Dhaka set a target of two months for herself to locate the missing children. Most of her cases involved children who had been separated from their families and disappeared years ago. Some of these cases date as far back as 2013. “Those cases were not solved back then, but I started gathering inputs and solved them,” she said.

Seema Herself a mother of an eight-year-old boy, said she could not go home to her family as work kept her busy. Her husband, who is also ahead constable from her batch, watches their son while she is away.

In 2019, of 5,412 children reported missing, 61.64% of them were traced. This year, so far, the number of missing children is 3,507 while the recovery rate is 74.96%.

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