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Missing girl reunited with family in Lakhimpur through DARPAN App

 NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Dec 18 - A facial recognition tool, DARPAN developed by Telegana Police played an important role to locate and reunite a girl, missing for a year, with her family in Boginadi in Lakhimpur district. The 16-year-old girl from Chinataliyah Tea Estate under Boginadi Police station was reported missing on August, 2017. The Boginadi police Inspector Priyabrat Gogoi uploaded the details including the photograph of the missing girl in Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) website of Assam. From Assam CCTNS the information was shared with Track Missing Child website from which DARPAN app of Telangana Police identified the missing girl. The app is a facial recognition tool, which has the unique feature of matching multiple images from the various databases across the country. DARPAN also links the child in a shelter home with the missing report across the country resulting in detection of the missing children.

The missing girl from Lakhimpur was traced by DARPAN at a child home in Tezpur, Sonitpur recently following which the Boginadi police was contacted by Telengana police to reunite her with her family. The Boginadi police led by Inspector Priyabrat Gogoi brought the girl from Dhekiajuli to her home in Chinataliyah on December 16. According to Inspector Gogoi, the girl was taken to Delhi by a man with whom her aunt Taslima had handed her over in 2017. She was engaged as a domestic help in Delhi for some time after which she wanted to return home. She escaped from her employer and landed in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur as she was scared to go home. While wandering in Dhekiajuli railway station, the girl was rescued by the railway police and handed over to the CWC, Tezpur. After that she has been staying in a child shelter home in Tezpur.

The rescue of the missing girl again proves the continuation of trafficking of girls from Lakhimpur’s tea garden areas. The network of traffickers and their local agents in luring young girls of promises of good jobs outside Assam has been active in these areas over a period of many years.

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