Mumbai: GRP Sends 93% Children Back Home
GRP constable Sunita Dhokre was on her routine rounds at CST on June 9 when she spotted a 15year-old girl roaming alone on platform 1. The girl looked tired and Dhokre immediately took her under her wing. A brief chat later, the girl said she had come from Secunderabad and had left home two days ago without telling her family . She said she was tired of the constant fights between her parents over domestic matters.Dhokre took her to the CST GRP outpost where the girl was fed while cops got in touch with her parents over phone. The girl's family had registered a complaint with the Secunderabad police and were relieved to learn that she was safe.
Dhokre has rescued dozens of runaway or missing kids who land up at CST. In three months this year, the GRP has rescued 4,686 kids from various stations and managed to send back 93% of them home. “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,“ said Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF (WR).
On June 17, two young girls were spotted at Wadala station by GRP staff. 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.
“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 said.