In what is akin to a film story, three sisters were reunited thanks to a science fair held by the state orphanages. While two of them were separated for a while and the third child was found wandering the streets after her grandmother passed away, all three of them are now living happily under one roof.
It is indeed a heartening story where the state orphanages and welfare officers do their best to ensure that children are reunited with their biological families. In this case, both the elder girls were put in different orphanages when their father died. They told their caretakers they had other siblings, and two of them were moved to one orphanage.
However, the youngest of all was with their grandmother and was left to walk the streets when her grandmother died. She was taken to a different orphanage. However, the twist in the tale came when the older sisters saw pictures at a science fair organized by the state orphanages and told their caretakers that one girl was looking very similar to their lost sister. The orphanages organize various activities to involve the girls from time to time.
On inquiry, the youngest girl was brought to the orphanage, and a DNA test was conducted on her. It was found that the three were indeed siblings. Now, all three of them happily live together.
This is another success story for Operation Muskaan. Launched in January 2015, Operation Muskaan has helped in rescuing 22,000 children from the streets, out of which some children were from places like West Bengal and Nepal.
In fact, Telangana DGP Mahinder Reddy shares that the state police has special teams, including women constables, especially to rescue children from the streets, railway stations, religious places, bus stations, and footpaths.
Last year, Telangana police had rescued 1293 children from the streets or workplaces, and 743 were reunited with their families. In 2019, they had rescued 4097 children, including 1192 from other states.