Two days after six Mumbai girls went missing, police found them in Morbad, Thane after tracing them through their cellphone.
The girls, aged between 12 and 17, had left their homes early Thursday to pursue “better career prospects”.
All six are neighbours in the city’s eastern Kalina area and are believed to be relatives.
Five of the girls who study between Classes 7 and 9 left their homes at 7:15am saying they were going for tuition. The sixth – a 12th grader – told her parents she was going to meet a friend.
The father of a 14-year-old, told Hindustan Times, “My daughter comes back from tuitions by 1pm. When she did not return till 2, my wife went to check at the tuition centre.”
The tuition teacher told her that there were no classes that day.
She then informed the other parents and soon local residents, who were told about the incident, fanned out across the area looking for the girls. A missing persons complaint was also registered at the local police station.
The police immediately tried to trace the location of the girls with the help of the mobile phone one of them was carrying.
“On Thursday evening, their location was traced to Juhu area of Andheri West,” said a police officer. By Friday, the girls had moved to Pune.
The parents, clueless about why the girls had taken such a step, were even more anxious when they realised that Rs 2,500 was perhaps all the money they had.