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How a video call helped trace girl who left Delhi home with starry dreams

The girl, daughter of an e-rickshaw driver, was fascinated by the film industry and wanted to follow in the footsteps of popular Haryanvi singer Sapna Chaudhary.

delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2017 07:49 IST
Shiv Sunny
The girl, daughter of an e-rickshaw driver, was fascinated by the film industry and wanted to follow in the footsteps of popular Haryanvi singer Sapna Chaudhary.
The girl, daughter of an e-rickshaw driver, was fascinated by the film industry and wanted to follow in the footsteps of popular Haryanvi singer Sapna Chaudhary.(AFP)

A screenshot captured during a video call helped trace a 14-year-old girl who had escaped from her West Delhi home to fulfil her dreams of starring in a music album.

The girl, daughter of an e-rickshaw driver, was fascinated by the film industry and wanted to follow in the footsteps of popular Haryanvi singer Sapna Chaudhary.

Her father had managed to get her enrolled in a private school in Hari Nagar but his finances did not allow him to encourage her to follow her dreams, said a police officer who investigated her disappearance.

“The girl would watch a lot of Youtube videos starring Sapna Chaudhary and other similar Haryanvi and Bhojpuri actors. The videos helped her hone her dancing and singing abilities,” said the officer.

A few days ago, she viewed a Youtube video that called out to young women for auditions to star in a music album. She noted down the contact number and address in the video and allegedly left her home on Monday evening.

She reached the music company that has its office in Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad and expressed her desire to stand for auditions. “But the people at the office discouraged her saying, she was too short for the role because of her young age,” said the officer.

As the girl prepared to return home, she came across a Haryanvi singer she had seen on Youtube. The girl narrated her dreams and requested that she be accommodated at the singer’s home for the night.

“The singer obliged when the girl said her family would pick her up the next day. The missing girl’s parents, meanwhile, visited us and lodged a complaint saying they feared their child was kidnapped,” said the officer.

A police team led by Hari Nagar SHO, Rajesh Brar, began a probe in the case.

She had barely checked into the singer’s home in Sahibabad when she decided to make a video call to a neighbour and inform that her family shouldn’t worry about her safety.

“The neighbour she called already knew that the girl had gone missing. So, when he received a video call from her, he captured a few screenshots of the call and approached the police,” said the officer.

“The screenshot was analysed and it revealed a TVS Apache parked in the background. We examined the registration number plate and got the address of the motorcycle owner,” said Vijay Kumar, DCP (West).

A raid at the address was conducted the next morning and the child traced to the house where the motorcycle was parked. “We were afraid that the girl could fall in wrong hands, but fortunately she was found safe,” said the DCP.