‘missing’ Warangal girl reunites with family after 8 years

Eight years after a Warangal girl went missing from Hyderabad, she was was reunited with her family here on Wednesday. Working on “sketchy” information provided by Nari Samrakshan Gruh in Surat, Gujarat, the Women’s Protection Cell of CID here browsed through records of missing complaints, identified the girl and brought her back.

Hailing from Kothaguda in Warangal district, G Lakshmi was living at her uncle’s house in Hyderabad. Fearing that her uncle would reprimand her for failing in the half-yearly exams, the 11-year-old had hopped on to a train from Secunderabad station, thinking it was going to Warangal.

“When the train stopped at Valsad in Gujarat, she got down to drink water and did not board the train again. The railway police personnel found loitering around but due to language problem they could not communicate to each other. She was initially handed over to a girls’ shelter home at Valsad, from where she was shifted to the Nari Samrakshan Gruh,” says Sub-Inspector P Venkatalakshmi of S R Nagar police station.

She said they received some “very sketchy information” about this girl around four months ago, after which they sifted through the records and finally found a match.

“Her uncle was not living at the address he gave in 2004. It took three months to trace her parents. It was a very emotional moment when the girl met her mother. Incidentally, she speaks only Gujarati now and only a little bit of Telugu,” says Venkatalakshmi(IndianExpress).