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She saved two desolate schoolgirls from harm

A survey by a global firm would have you believe that Delhi is the most "inhuman city", displaying a serious lack of good samaritans ready extend a helping hand to people in need. But, Raj Rani is a shining exception to this piece of statistic. Karn Singh reports.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2013 02:09 IST
Karn Singh

A survey by a global firm would have you believe that Delhi is the most "inhuman city", displaying a serious lack of good samaritans ready extend a helping hand to people in need. But, Raj Rani is a shining exception to this piece of statistic.

The 47-year-old widow was returning from UP to her Turkman Gate house in central Delhi. She got down from a bus at Kashmere Gate and spotted two girls, wearing school uniform, standing clueless, soaking wet from rain outside the Kashmere Gate Metro station at 10.30pm on Tuesday.

"I was waiting for an auto-rickshaw when one of the girls approached me and started crying. I felt they were in trouble, so I asked them not to worry and share their problems with me. On hearing a sympathetic voice, the schoolgirls broke down and told me that they are lost and are not able to find their way back home," Raj Rani told HT. She said the girls told her that they lived in west Delhi's Bindapur.

The younger girl was 11-year-old and she belonged to the Muslim community while the elder girl, aged 13 years, was a Hindu. Both of them were class 6 students at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Maadipur.

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A mother herself, Raj Rani immediately decided to help the girls because she knew that if she would leave them there, they might get into trouble. She hired an auto and took them both to her house.

"I provided them with a change of clothes and gave them food. After I ensure that they are relaxed, I took the phone number of the younger girl's father and spoke to him. He told me that his daughter and her classmate went missing after they left for school and they have filed a kidnapping case at the Bindapur police station," said Raj Rani. She also said the girls told her that they ran away from their homes as their family members were not treating them well.

Alok Kumar, DCP (central) said Raj Rani brought the girls to the Turkman Gate police post from where the Bindapur police station was contacted.

"The family members of the girls arrived at the police post along with officers of the Bindapur police station and the girls were handed over to them. The girls could be recovered due to a timely help by a very responsive and caring citizen in Raj Rani. We are recommending her name for a reward," said Kumar.