Woman cop gets out-of-turn promotion for tracing 76 missing children

Seema Dhaka traced the 76 missing children, 56 of whom were below the age of 14, within two-and-a-half months

Delhi Police Commissioner, S.N.Shrivastava, confers the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector on head constable Seema Dhaka in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Delhi police head constable Seem Dhaka held her head high as she was ushered into the Delhi Police Commissioner’s office on Wednesday.
She stood beside Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava as he placed a star on her epaulette, marking her promotion as assistant sub-inspector.
She got an out-of-turn promotion, the first in the force, in recognition for her efforts to trace 76 missing children. She traced the 76 children, 56 of them below the age of 14, within two-and-a-half months of them ‘going missing.’ She left no stone unturned in her search.
Dhaka rescued children not only from Delhi but also from other states. She rescued two children from West Bengal, two from Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, and many from Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Panipat, Bihar, etc.

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“I worked without any break as per leads I had been getting. I am certainly happy,” Dhaka said. She added: “There was a painstaking case in which a seven-year-old boy was rescued from West Bengal. The boy went missing from his house in 2018 and rescued in October 2020 from West Bengal.”


“A woman had lodged a missing report of her seven-year-old son in 2018. The woman changed her address as well as mobile number and it became very difficult to contact her. We somehow managed to trace her son in West Bengal and went to the village after crossing two rivers,” she said.

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Dhaka said the boy was not ready to go to his parent’s house. “We got to know that the mother of the boy got married to another man. The boy told us that his step-father did not like him and used to beat him, following which he left his home,” she said.

On August 7, the Delhi Police Commissioner announced the grant of additional incentives, including an out-of-turn promotion, for any constable or head constable, who rescues 50 or more missing children below the age of 14 years within a period of a year. At least 15 of the children should be aged less than eight years.

Asadharan Karya Puraskar was also announced for any constable or head constable, who rescues 15 or more missing children below the age of 14 years — five out of them aged less than eight years — within a period of 12 months.

“Women HC Seema Dhaka, PS Samaypur Badli, deserves congratulations for being the first police person to be promoted out of turn for recovering 56 children in 3 months under the incentive scheme. Hats off to fighting spirit and joy brought to families (sic),” Shrivastava tweeted.

Dhaka, who was earlier head constable, is currently posted at Samaypur Badli police station of the outer-north district. She joined Delhi Police on July 3, 2006.

She got promoted in 2014 and became a head constable. She was posted in southeast Delhi and remained posted there till 2012. She was later transferred to outer district, in 2012, from there, she got transferred to Rohini, and later to outer-north, the police said.

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