‘Operation Smile’ rescues 19,000 missing children from slavery, abuse

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s Operation Smile has rescued 19,000 missing children from being pushed into prostitution and bonded labor to ill-treatment by parents. The Central Government is planning to reward individual officers based on their performance but wants details of identified children to be published in media. The Operation has seen different state police and women and child departments step up efforts to rescue missing children, with Haryana and Maharashtra taking the lead.

Police also reported that the number of rescued boys was higher than girls, who are mostly pushed into prostitution. However, the CID department of Maharashtra rescued a girl who was being trafficked for the purpose of prostitution.

Home Ministry has also asked the state governments to sensitise and train police officers at various ranks about issued related to missing children, POSCO Act, Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Child Rights Acts.

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What is POSCO Act?

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POSCO Act – The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The Act was formulated to address the heinous crimes of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. The Act received the President’s assent on 19th June 2012 and was notified in the Gazette of India on 20th June, 2012.

What is the meaning of the word “Sensitise”?

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Answer –  to make someone sensitive to something.

The International Missing Children’s Day is observed on _____.

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Answer – May 25

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