With the help of Google Maps, Delhi Police reunited a father with his 12-year-old daughter who had gone missing over four months ago in Delhi, officials said.
New Delhi: Delhi Police reunited a father and 12-year-old daughter with the help of Google Maps. The minor reportedly went missing 4 months ago.
The girl had taken an e-rickshaw near Kirti Nagar furniture market on the occasion of Holi (March 21), according to the police.
When the minor did not alight at the metro station, the e-rickshaw driver asked her where she wanted to go, but she did not give any reply.
He took her to the Kirti Nagar police station at 8:33 pm, a senior officer said.
During an initial inquiry, the girl could not remember her house and just said she was from "Khurja" village and her father's name was Jeetan, the officer said.
Police searched Khajuri Khas and Khureji areas of Delhi since their names are similar to the word 'Khurja’ but could not find any records of missing complaints being filed.
They took the girl to the nearby JJ colony, but no one could identify her.
The girl, who is specially-abled, also said that she had travelled to Delhi by train a couple of days ago with an uncle named 'Pintu'.
He took off her clothes in the train's washroom and left her there when she started crying, police said.
On March 22, a medical examination was conducted, and no sign of sexual assault was found.
A case was registered under Section 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POCSO acts.
She was handed over to an NGO named Nirmal Chhaya, the police said.
The 12-year-old was taken to Khurja village in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district by a police team on four different occasions, but they did not find her family, deputy commissioner of police (West) Monika Bhardwaj said.
"We kept trying to trace her family but could not get any lead. She was not able to say the name of her village properly," Bhardwaj said.
When a police team was taking the girl to Khurja again on July 31, a senior officer asked her the names of nearby areas of her village.
She said Sonbarsa was the village where her mother hails from and that there was a place called Sakapar near her village.
With the help of Google Maps, police were able to track down the locations in Uttar Pradesh's Siddharthnagar district and were ultimately able to find her family.
On August 1, her father Jeetan, a native of Khurja village, came to Delhi from Gorakhpur, police said.
Jeetan said he brought his daughter to the capital for treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS).
The girl went missing on Holi from his sister's house at JJ colony in Kirti Nagar, the police said.
Jeetan, who works at a scrap factory in Delhi, said his wife, who lives at her parent's house in Sonbarsa, was specially-abled and she had also strayed away one-and-a-half years ago, according to police.
"Around three-four months later, she was traced to Ludhiana, Punjab. Similarly, he thought that police will find his daughter also." Jeetan, who also has a son and another daughter, said there was no uncle by the name of Pintu, following which the case of sexual harassment was dropped, police stated.
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