Rekhaben alias Usha was found crying all alone on the streets of Bapunagar in Ahmedabad, 10 years ago. Then a small child of barely 12, she was traumatised and all that could be put together was that she was “deserted” by her family. Now, a young woman of 22, Rekha is all set to meet her family in native Jharkhand.
Briefing on this heart-warming story that reaffirms faith in policemen, A.M. Muniya, DC Ahmedabad Police, shared: “Her parents are no more but her elder sister, still in their town Seraikela wants Rekha back. A SHE team attached to Kagdapith police station left by Howrah Express for Jharkhand late Saturday night with Rekha and some ashram workers.”
According to police records, the little girl was found rather lost and in a visible state of mental shock. “Our patrol unit was at their night duty when they heard the sobs. The deserted girl was sitting on a footpath in Bapunagar and could only speak in a Jharkhandi dialect. She was taken to Mahipatram Rupram Ashram in the Kagdapith area. Thereon, began care and counselling for four years. Once back on track, Rekha started speaking fluently in Gujarati and Hindi and was able to provide inputs on her background. After sustained efforts, the ashram volunteers were able to identify the family in Seraikela Kharsawan,” he added.
Only after the ashram workers return to base will more be learnt of how and why was the little girl found alone.
Meanwhile, such acts of goodness underscore the humane side of honest men in uniform.