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Delhi cop who rescued 76 kids gets out-of-turn promotion

Seema Dhaka, a head constable at Delhi’s Samaypur Badli police station has become the 1st woman cop to get out-of-turn promotion on Wednesday.

Dhaka had rescued 76 missing children in under three months period. Out of the rescued children 56 are below 14 years of age. These children were rescued not just from Delhi but from other states as well like Punjab and West Bengal. To reward the cop’s heroic act Delhi police has granted her the rare out-of-turn promotion.

Missing children is a serious issue in Delhi. By solving the case Dhaka has truly become Delhi’s Braveheart.

The incentive scheme promised out-of-turn promotions for constables and head constables who rescue more than 50 children below the age of 14 within a year. As many as 56 of the children rescued by Dhaka were under the age of 14.

“I am a mother and never want someone to lose their child,” Dhaka told The Indian Express. “We worked round the clock every day on missing reports to rescue children.”

She recounted rescuing a minor from a village in West Bengal in October this year as “one of the most challenging cases.” She said the boy’s mother had filed a complaint two years ago but later changed her address and mobile number.

“We went to a small village and crossed two rivers during floods,” she told The Indian Express. “We somehow managed to rescue the child from near his relative’s place.”

Dhaka said she also worked on several cases where teenagers left their homes after having fights with their parents and later got into drugs and alcohol.

“When we rescue the children, we counsel them and take them to the police station,” she said.

Several people, including Delhi Commissioner of Police SN Shrivastava and actor Richa Chadha congratulated Dhaka on Twitter for her promotion.

Dhaka said the boy’s mother had filed a complaint two years ago but later changed her address and mobile number. “We couldn’t trace her but knew that they hailed from West Bengal. A search operation was initiated. We went to a small village and crossed two rivers during floods. We somehow managed to rescue the child from near his relative’s place. The boy didn’t want to go home. He said he has a stepfather who beat him,” said Dhaka. “When we rescue the children, we counsel them and take them to the police station. Most of these children are found near railway stations and bus stops. We talk to them and ask them about their parents,” she said.

While working on such cases, Dhaka also tested positive for Covid in July. She went for a three-week home quarantine and later rejoined duty.

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