Woman Constable is First Delhi Police Officer to Get Out-of-turn Promotion for Tracing 76 Missing Kids

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Head Constable Seema Dhaka has become the first Delhi Police officer to get an out-of-turn promotion (OTP) for tracing 76 missing children and reuniting them with their families in a record 60 days. 56 of these children are under the age of 14.

A farmer’s daughter from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, Dhaka said she had always aspired to join the police force and achieved her dream when she was inducted into the Delhi Police in 2006.

Dhaka said she did not hesitate to take up cases that were not under the criteria for OTPs — cases in which the children in question were over 14 years old. “I did not hesitate in taking those cases because my aim was to recover as many kids as possible,” she said.

A mother of an eight-year-old boy, Dhaka said she could not go home to her family as work kept her busy. Her husband, also a head constable from her batch, watches their son while she is away.

“My son would count days. He would remind me that I haven’t met him in so many days,” she recalled, adding that her in-laws have also been supportive of her drive to find missing children.



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