Appearances can be deceptive. That certain parents do not look like their children is a cause for some over-zealous vigilantes in Madhya Pradesh to suspect that the former is kidnapping the latter!
On receiving such complaints, members of Childline Foundation, an NGO to protect children, and the Government Railway Police (GRP) swing into action. Only after a wild goose chase, they realise that the suspicion is invalid.
“People are getting so much awareness about kidnapping and trafficking that we are receiving some complaints which are quite funny as well as unusual,” Childline, Bhopal centre in-charge, Sangeeta Chauhan said.
In one such complaint, the caller from Khandwa asked Childline members to get into a compartment of a Karnataka train as a woman had a child whose face didn’t match with her and suspected that she might have kidnapped her.
Itarsi GRP was immediately informed, but before they could catch the alleged culprit, the train left the station. On being informed, Bhopal GRP caught the woman and after some inquiring, they came to know that the woman is actually her mother. The Childline team returned with an apologetic face.
A similar complaint was registered in Bina where a person said that there was a man on Malwa Express with a child looking very different from him. On reaching the train, the Childline team checked the documents and found that the complaint was invalid.
“The awareness among public has increased. Our burden has also increased. Sometimes, we receive wrong information, but it also helps us catch the real culprit,” said Archana Sahay, director, Childline.