A 15-year-old was rescued from being pushed into prostitution by her parents in MP’s Neemuch district by the Dial 100 emergency services.
The Class 8 student belonging to Bachara tribe of western Madhya Pradesh was traced by the cops at the emergency response service centre in Bhopal through hi-tech digital fencing application from a remote village and sent to a shelter home.
The cops also counselled the minor, who was on the brink of committing suicide.
Dial 100 superintendent of police Amit Saxena told HT on Thursday that the girl had given a missed call on Dial 100 number on April 5, following which an on-duty cop at the centre called her back. “She told us that her parents were forcing her into prostitution…Unable to find help the girl was on the brink of committing suicide when she gave us a missed call from a cell-phone,” he said.
Saxena said the cops at the Bhopal centre traced the girl in Neemuch’s Newad village by scanning around three lakh ‘points of interest’ – landmarks like important buildings, educational institutions, railway and bus stations, hotels, liquor vends, places of worship, hospitals and important shops—that have been plotted on a digital map of 51 districts in the state.
Digital fencing or mapping of 940-plus police stations of Madhya Pradesh has been completed following over two years’ sustained efforts.
The hi-tech service, using latitudinal and longitudinal locations of the points of interests, allows Dial 100 to send first response vehicle to the spot of crisis within minutes of receiving a call (five to 10 minutes in cities and five to 30 minutes in rural areas) followed by timely police action.
“With the help of the point of interest (a temple) provided to us by the girl, not only was a first response vehicle (FRV) equipped with global positioning system rushed to the spot, but the local police too was alerted,” said Saxena.
The local police have arrested the parents of the girl and sent the minor to a shelter home in Neemuch.