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UP girl disappears; Haryana cops help her find her family

A missing 14-year-old girl from UP has been reunited with her parents, courtesy of the Haryana Police’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU). The girl has different abilities (Divyang) and lived in a shelter in Kerala. According to the Haryana Police, the Child Protection Inspector in Kozhikode, Kerala had contacted the Haryana Crime Branch and told them that they were having a problem locating the family of a missing hindi speaking girl due to language problem. Three months ago, the girl mistakenly reached Andhra Pradesh on a train and then reached Alappuzha in Kerala. The minor was rescued by Kerala Police and sent to the childcare centre.

After getting information, ASI Rajesh Kumar from AHTU Panchkula started working on the case and started counseling the miner via video call. During the counseling, it was found that as she was not fluent in the language (Malayalam), she was unable to explain her views to Alappuzha officials.

By interacting with the staff on site and following the advice, ASI realized that the girl belonged to UP. During her consultation, the girl had said that she lived near a mosque in Muzaffarnagar. Rajesh Kumar contacted the police stations in the area and spoke to the staff there which resulted in the contact number of the missing girl’s family being obtained. AHTU made a video call and shared a photo of the girl with family members where the parents identified their daughter. “The parents had lost hope of seeing their daughter again, but the hard work of AHTU helped the girl find her parents,” police said.

Ex-High Ranking Haryana Cop Helps Overcome Language Barrier AHTU has also had a problem communicating with officials in Kerala due to Malayalam. To overcome this language barrier, the police contacted a retired DGP rank officer from Haryana, John V George, who is basically from Kerala. John V George shared the number of one of his associates at ASI who knew both Hindi and Malayalam. With the help of the mediator, Rajesh Kumar spoke to the miner and officials and managed to counsel the girl.

“If you see a child, woman or man anywhere unattended, don’t ignore them. Report it immediately to the police or call the child helpline 1098. Your awareness can help someone find their family,” says OP Singh, ADGP (Crime), Haryana.