Missing girls stories not rare in India. Its rate may be alarming. One of the leading news stories of Indian media recently was about 4,686 rescued girls from different Indian railway stations within a period of 3 months. These incidents make us consider this issue more seriously and seek social remedies.
It was on June 9th, Govt. Railway Police constable Sunita Dhokre was on her regular rounds of routine job and accidentally spotted a roaming girl. Sunitha noticed her. The girl was looking very tired and felt some
Sunitha took her to the Railway Police outpost and there she got shelter and food. The GRP helped the girl and found out girl’s family. As well, ensured safe passage of the a complaint with the Secunderabad police and were relieved to learn that she was safe.
This incident show us extent of such incidents in Indian. It is learned that Sunitha alone has rescued dozens of runaway or missing kids who land up at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station of Mumbai (CST). Shocking other side is that how many such girls might have reached in evil hands of the City.
As per the reports in the three months this year alone, the Government Railway Police has rescued 4,686 kids from various stations and managed to send back 93% of them home. Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF (WR) says: “Kids run away when they are too anxious to face their academic results. There are instances where kids are beaten up at home or they get separated from parents while travelling.“
Anand Vijay Jha, one of the dedicated officers of Railway Police Force takes notice into one other incident, on June 17, two young girls were spotted at Wadala station by GRP staff accidently. The girls had travelled to Mumbai from Jhansi for sightseeing. The GRP informed their parents who had been worried as the girls vanished from home. Reasons could be vary. But the many kind of social situations is basic of this kind of incidents are related to a closed social condition.
“Earlier, the number of such cases we came across was low. We then started training and sensitizing our staff to look out for kids travelling alone. A member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had a session with our personnel. Station masters and ticket checkers were also trained,“ Jha also added.