She is the link which held them together, and is missing for almost two years now.
The family is sure that Supriya Mohite, 13, will come back one day. But is not sure if the police will help make it happen.
“If you couldn’t take care of your daughter, you should have sent her to the village,” Rajeshree, 39, was told when she went to them to inquire about her daughter.
Supriya, second of five siblings, had gone to meet Rajeshree, a domestic help, at her workplace in Sainagar, Kandivli (West), a Mumbai suburb, on September 2, 2007.
But didn’t return home to Tulaskarwadi slum in Kandivli (West).
Ever since, it has been a series of futile visits to police station and nearby areas.
“We must have distributed at least 2,000 photographs of Supriya,” said her father Ashok Mohite (45), a watchman.
“We still carry her photograph, in the hope that someone will recognise her.” The family even offered a reward of Rs 5,000.
The police, Mohites alleged, conducted inquiries only for a month.
“We go to the police station every week, but all they tell us is, ‘don’t come here, we’ll let you know when we find her’,” said Rajeshree.
It was the third time that Supriya had run away, said Surendrakumar Jaiswal, senior inspector, Kandivli police station, told HT. “Twice we managed to trace her. This is the only time she has not been traced,” he said.
Mohites kept up the effort. They even visited offices, thinking she might have picked up a job. Supriya was always the responsible one.
“All of us used to hand over our salaries to Supriya,” said Rajeshree.
“She used to manage the finances as well as the household chores. She also used to resolve our domestic fights.”
Mohites refuse to believe that Surpiya has eloped. She didn’t even talk to the girls in the neighbourhood; there was no question of her having an affair, said Rajeshree.