The story of missing Delhi girl Jhanvi had a happy ending on Sunday night. A week after the three-year-old vanished from India Gate during an outing with her parents, she was found at west Delhi’s Janakpuri.
The police traced Jhanvi after a passerby saw her at the D Block market and informed them. Her head had been shaved in an attempt to hide her identity.
She was taken to the Mayapuri police station where her family identified her. Jhanvi went home with her mother soon after.
Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi had earlier in the day announced a Rs 50,000 reward for anyone with information about the girl. ‘Missing’ posters with her photo had gone viral on social media in the past week as the police probe made little headway.
Jhanvi and her family had gone to India Gate around 9pm last Sunday. She was playing with a few other children on the lawns while her family sat a short distance away. Her father discovered she was missing at around 9.30pm and called the police at 11.30pm after searching for her in vain. CCTV footage last saw her playing alone at around 9.21pm.
The police suspect she was kidnapped by an organised syndicate of child traffickers but revealed little.