The cup of joy filled up to brim for Riya, 17, on Monday. After remaining separated for over 12 years, the teenager finally reunited with her mother amid tears and smiles.
Riya, who went missing as a five-year-old, had returned to Bhopal and identified her home in Naya Basera locality in a dramatic situation last week.
However, her reunion with the family remained only half-satisfactory, as she could not find either her father or mother in Bhopal. The child welfare committee (CWC) had handed her over to her paternal aunt and uncle on Friday. HT had reported the dramatic lost and found story on October 18.
But on Monday, Riya's mother Shyamudi reached Bhopal from Ujjain along with her brother and sister-in-law to claim custody of Riya. The entire family appeared before the CWC and Riya was allowed to go with her mother.
"It is a miracle that my daughter has come back to me and that she was in safe hands all these years. I thank all those who took care of her and those who have helped her return to me," a teary-eyed Shyamudi said.
After being separated from her husband Ela Singh, Shyamudi stays at her paternal home in Ujjain. Ela Singh, seriously ill, also stays in Ujjain and Riya hopes to meet him once she goes there. "I am very happy. That's all I can say," she said.
CWC chairman KS Dubey said that since now the girl had found her mother, the committee feels assured about her future. "A mother's are the safest hands in which we could give a child and we have managed to do that," he said.
Riya, born Narinder in Bhopal, had gone missing from New Delhi where her parents had gone to work 12 years ago. She was brought up at orphanages and also stayed with two different women who helped her, Delhi police had found.
Recently, Riya had told Delhi police about her Bhopal links and that she might recognise her home and family if brought here. A Delhi police team came to the city with Riya on Thursday last and while going to the CWC office Riya recognised her home.