The entire programme went through three distinct stages as follows:
1. period before 6/12/47—immediate recoveries made after abduction took place and the recovered persons admitted to ordinary transit camps and then evacuated
as ‘ordinary unattached women and children (refugees)’.
2. 6/12/47 – July 1948—special recovery police squads and social workers of both
the Dominions functioned jointly, thereby making it a ‘joint’ responsibility to recover and restore the abducted women. But this failed since the burden of removing any obstruction to the process of recovery and restoration fell on the other party who wanted to get the recovery done, which was an impossible task since the representatives of the other country could seldom be expected to have effective powers here. Therefore, for the next five months, i.e. July to November 1948, there was a standstill in the recovery work.
3. New proposals were made, and an agreement was reached upon between the two countries on 11th November 1948 whereby both the countries passed an Ordinance which enabled the speedy recovery and restoration of abducted women, overcoming all bureaucratic and legal hurdles. The new agreement bestowed the responsibility of the recovery and restoration of women on the dominion where they were residing. The women were to be brought to a Transit camp and then transferred to the Base camp which was set up exclusively for them—in Jullunder for recovered Muslim women and in Lahore for recovered non-Muslim women—from where they would be restored to their families.
Here's an example of a form filled out to recover an abducted Muslim woman from Jaipur.
This form has been filled by the father (Wazir Baksh) seeking restoration of his daughter (Bismillah, 20 yrs of age) who was married to Ziarat Khan and was a resident of Jaipur, India. The form also mentions the place of abduction as ‘Swami [Sawai] Madho Pur Railway Station’ and the date of abduction as January 1948. It also mentions the name of the person having custody, or who can give information re: the abduction as Lt. Vaid Prakhsh.