In what may resemble a Bollywood script, a 9-year-old boy from Vidisha district, who had left his home in anger at the age of five and refused to recognise his family later on encountering them, now wishes to reunite with his parents.
In a rollercoaster ride, the boy underwent the trauma of being forced by a gang to beg on streets before he was rescued by police.
Interestingly, the boy has another name, Sunny, tattooed on his hand by the beggar gang to conceal his real identity.
According to the family members, the boy, whose real name is Raj, ran away along with two of his friends in 2011. “It was in the evening when my brother came from school and after keeping his bag he went out to play with his friends. He was just five-year-old, when he went missing with two more boys of the colony. We registered a complaint with police. Later three of them were rescued from Kalyan area in Mumbai and were brought to Childline Bhopal (NGO),” said Rashi Khatik, his sister.
The child was kept in a shelter home in Bhopal after the rescue. In the year 2013, he was taken to Vidisha district by the NGO team to find his home and family. The boy recognised the colony and home where he used to live but after entering his home, he dramatically refused to recognise his family members.
“My mother was in shock after my brother refused to recognise her and even lost her memory. Her health also deteriorated. My brother went back to shelter home in Bhopal. We used to enquire about his condition in shelter home but there was no hope that he would return home,” said Rashi.
In 2014, Raj expressed his wish to reunite with the family. His family members were again brought to Bhopal and this time he recognised every family member.
“I remember a few things about my family members and home but couldn't recognise them earlier. I am really happy after reuniting with my family,” said Raj.
Archana Sahay, director, Childline, said that missing children must fall in right hands. “Fate of such children depends upon those who rescue them. In this case also police as well as the NGO handled the situation very carefully because of which Raj's story had a happy ending,” said Sahay.
The boy will be formally handed over to the family soon, officials said.