Facial Recognition finds Missing Indian Boy after 10 Years

An Indian boy reported missing in 2010 was in December 2020, reunited with his parents due to Telangana Police’s facial recognition software.

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They went to the home and identified their son after 10 years.

A boy, who had gone missing from his house in 2010, has been traced with the help of the face recognition tool ‘DARPAN’ and reunited with his family.

The boy, from Madhya Pradesh, was found at a children’s home in Howrah, West Bengal.

He went missing on October 7, 2010, from Jabalpur and was spotted by Hooghly Police, who admitted him to the home on October 21, 2010.

Telangana police found the missing boy using the face recognition tools they had specifically designed.

‘DARPAN’ matches photographs of missing children with those of children found in children’s homes across the country.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Women Safety Wing, Swati Lakra alleged that the boy was found in March 2020.

The Telangana police alerted their Jabalpur counterparts, who in turn informed the parents of the child.

They went to the home and identified their son after 10 years.

In view of Covid-19 lockdown, the child has been handed over to his parents only on December 12, 2020, by the West Bengal Police.

In a similar incident in October 2020, ‘DARPAN’ found a boy from Uttar Pradesh, who had gone missing in 2015.

He was traced to a child welfare home in Assam and reunited with his family, thanks to DARPAN.

The child, who went missing in 2015, is now 13 years old and has been identified as Som Soni.

An emotional video that shows the boy’s mother and father crying and hugging has won hearts on the internet.

The video lip ends with a visibly calm boy identifying his mother.

According to Telangana Additional DGP (Women’s Safety) Swati Lakra, Som had gone missing on July 14, 2015, and was found a week later in Assam’s Goalpara.

He was taken to a child welfare home in the district, where he remained until recently when he was reunited with his parents, she said.

DARPAN maintains a database of children and persons lodged at various rescue homes across the country.

Speaking further on the facial recognition software, DGP Lakra said:

“We started using the DARPAN App in 2018 and have been able to unite almost 33 children with their families across India since then.

“The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System matched photos of missing children in the FIRs with those on the tracking portal of children’s homes.

“The software is able to match images with accuracy even after many years using the face matrix.”

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