Hyderabad: With the help of the face recognition software, Darpan, developed by the Telangana State police, a boy who went missing a decade ago was found. Rahul Srivastava of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, went missing from his home in October 2010 and was traced to a children's home of the Home of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Howrah, West Bengal.

The missing boy, who is said to be mentally challenged, ended up there when he was picked up by the Hooghly Police and was admitted to a local Child Welfare Centre in October 2010.
The Telangana State police used Darpan tool to match the photographs of missing children with those of children found at various child homes across the country.
Immediately, the TS police conveyed the same to the SHO of Kotwali Jabalpur PS, Madhya Pradesh, who in turn informed the parents of the missing child. They immediately rushed to the concerned CWC and identified their kid.
The efforts to track down missing children slowed after the lockdown began but now that the restrictions are eased the police were able to resume search and rescue operations. The child was handed over to his father on 12 December by the West Bengal police, the city police said.
"The Telangana State police played a major role in reuniting the missing child with their parents after 10 years. Efforts are on to trace as many missing children as we can, not just in the Telangana State but also across India, using this face recognition tool, Darpan," said Swati Lakra, ADGP, Telangana police.
On October 9 also, an autistic child missing for 5 years was traced with the help of the face recognition tool "Darpan" facial recognition tool developed by Telangana State police.
Som Soni, resident of Handia, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh was missing from his home since July 2015. Next week the missing boy was spotted by Golapara Police of Assam State and admitted into the local Child Welfare Centre.
Telangana state police while using the Face Recognition Tool (Darpan) to match Missing Children's photographs with those of children found at various child homes across the country detected the boy by matching his photos.
Telangana police informed the same to concerned SHO of Handia Police Station, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh who informed the parents of the missing child. The family rushed to the concerned Child Welfare Center and identified their kid.
"Telangana State Police played a major role in reuniting the missing child with their parents after 05 years. Efforts are on to trace as many missing children across India through the Face Recognition Tool "Darpan" of the Telangana Police, so as to restore them to their family," said Swati Lakra, ADGP, Incharge SHE Teams and Bharosa, Telangana police


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