Railway Protection Force (RPF) is entrusted with the responsibility of security of railway property, passenger area and passengers. It is also discharging responsibility of rescuing children under “Operation Nanhe Farishte”.
RPF Central Railway has rescued 958 children including 655 boys and 303 girls in coordination with Government Railway Police (GRP) and other frontline railway staff from railway station platforms over Central Railway during Apr 2023 to Jan 2024 under “Operation Nanhe Farishte”. This includes boys and girls reunited with their parents with the help of NGOs like Childline.
The children who come to the railway stations without informing their families as a result of some fight or some family issues or in search of better life or glamour of the city etc. are found by trained RPF personnel. These trained RPF personnel connect with the children, understand their problems and counsel them to reunite with their parents. Many of the parents express their deep gratitude and thankfulness for this noble service of the Railways.
The division-wise breakup of children rescued during April 2023 to January 2024 over Central Railway is as under: –
Mumbai Division of Central Railway rescued the highest 289 children which includes 175 boys and 114 girls.
Bhusaval Division rescued 270 children which includes 169 boys and 101 girls.
Pune Division rescued 206 children which includes 198 boys and 8 girls.
Nagpur Division rescued 132 children which includes 76 boys and 56 girls.
Solapur Division rescued 61 children which includes 37 boys and 24 girls.
RPF Central Railway has rescued 56 children including 35 boys and 21 girls in the month of January 2024. Out of which, 27 children were rescued in the Mumbai Division alone.