Girl, 17, reunited with kin after 12 years of missing from Bhopal railway station
BHOPAL: A 17-year-old girl, who went missing 12 years
ago from Bhopal railway station, was reunited with her kin after she was
brought to the city by Delhi police.
Riya Ela Singh, went missing from Bhopal railway
station 12 years ago when she accidentally boarded a train while begging and
reached Delhi. Her family then was residing in a slum near Nehru Nagar area of
the state capital. On Thursday, a team from Delhi police accompanied her to
Bhopal and even after all these years she found her house miraculously in the
On Friday, her aunt Karat Bai, uncle Haji Lal and
their son came to receive her at the child welfare committee (CWC) hearing. An
emotional Riya told the reporters present that she was extremely happy that she
had found her family. Her father was a daily labourer at Indore hence he
couldn't come at such short notice while her mother had re-married.
“I used to cry and pray that I be reunited with my
family. I was adamant that I should be taken to Bhopal as I was confident I
remembered where my home was,” she said.
Karat Bai was all tears when she recounted how they
had searched for her everywhere. “We want to keep her with us as she is like
our daughter,” she said.
Chairperson of CWC Dr KS Dubey said, “On the
directions of Delhi CWC, the girl was brought here and we are very happy that
she was been reunited.”
According to the Delhi CWC, after reaching Delhi, a
lady found her at the station, kept her for a while and then sent her to an
orphanage in Gurgaon where she was there till last year and went to school till
“The child was first produced before us on July 31,
2013 when she ran away from the Gurgaon orphanage as she wanted to meet the
lady who first found her. From there, she went to another lady's home where she
was kept as a maid. But she ran away from there.
The Delhi police found her alone in a park and brought
her to us. Then too she initially confused us saying that she was from Bihar
and then Chhattisgarh. Finally after counselling she revealed she was from
Bhopal and if taken there she would identify her home,” said Delhi CWC member
Charu Makkar over telephone.