Police Track Children During Holy Hindu Pilgrimage

By Claire Swedberg

The two-month event, which attracts up to 50 million pilgrims, can lead to children being lost, so police are using an RFID-based solution from Vodafone India to help them—and guardians—keep track of young people.

Every year, millions of pilgrims visit Sabarimala as part of a holy Hindu pilgrimage, one of the largest attended events in the world. During the pilgrimage—a ritual trek of a mountainous trail to a temple, attended by between 40 and 50 million people—children can become separated from their parents or guardians. Such incidents can be traumatic for both the children and the adults with whom they are traveling, as well as time-consuming for police...

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