Boy lacking from UP present in Assam after 5 years with assist of Telangana police’s facial software program

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, October 9

A breakthrough was achieved on Friday when a picture was matched from the database of a missing child from Uttar Pardesh was found lodged in Assam.

The facial recognition software, Darpan, developed by Telangana State Police managed to reunite the 13-year-old boy with his family.

He was identified as Som Soni, son of Ghanshyam Soni, who went missing from Allahabad fives years ago.

The Golapara Police of Assam spotted Sam, and admitted him to the local child welfare centre.

A routine exercise of matching pictures in the database changed the lives of both the concerned child and his parents.

According to Telangana Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Women Safety Wing, Swati Lakra said the breakthrough came as part of routine exercise.

Once the Telangana Police was sure of his identity, it informed the concerned SHO of Handia PS, Allahabad.

They informed the parents of the missing child. They rushed to the child welfare centre, and identified their son.

“The software is used in routine to carry out the matching, and often leads to successfully uniting children with their families,” said Swati Lakra.

Meanwhile, Soni was eight-years-old when he went missing from his house in Allahabad on July 14, 2015. On July 23, that year, Soni was spotted by Golapara police, and taken to a local child welfare centre.

Notably, at the beginning of the year, the facial recognition technology faced severe backlash during the elections in Telangana when it was used for tackling fraudulent voting, but now, it is being hailed for tacking a missing child, and uniting him with his parents.

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