Rescued children seen with OSD Ravi Prakash and other police officials at DPO in Kurnool on Tuesday
Rescued children seen with OSD Ravi Prakash and other police officials at DPO in Kurnool on Tuesday

Kurnool: The city cops on Monday night conducted a drive, Operation Muskan, that is meant to rescue the deserted and orphan children. During the drive, eight street children were rescued and were handed over to Child Welfare Committee members.

Hair cut was done to the children and they were given a nice bath. Later, all the rescued children were presented in the new clothes before the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Ravi Prakash at District Police Office on Tuesday.

The OSD said to media that due to family disputes or other reasons, innocent children are being deserted by the parents. As a result, children are adopting wrong paths and at later stages they are becoming anti-social elements.

This is very sad, he stated. It is the right of every child to get education under the Right to Education Act. These eight children are at tender age and they would be provided with shelter and education. He instructed the committee members to take care of the children as they need special attention at this stage. 

Especially, girl children need special care, the OSD mentioned. He directed the members to impart good education and take steps to transform the children to become good citizens.

The OSD spoke softly to the rescued children and said that they would be given tasty food, good clothes and several playing items at the helpline centres. He asked them to study well and become police, doctors and lawyers.

He called upon the people to join hands in eliminating beggars from the society. If a child is seen begging on the roads, he asked the people to call 1098. Out of the eight rescued children, three are three girls and five are boys in the age group of 5 to 12 years.

DSPs S Khader Basha, CM Gangaiah, Nazeemuddin, and Ilayas Basha, Childline Coordinator Sunkanna, Councillor G Vijaya Kumari, 1098 Child helpline team members Uma Devi, Malleshwari, Hussain, Madhavi, Kiran, Ramu and others were present.