A father’s desperate measures to trace his son helped re-unite him with the nine-year-old who went missing on October 6. Sathiyaraj Devraj pasted thousands of photographs of his son Aditya across the city and at railway stations. After locals identified him, the police tracked him down at Chunabhatti.
Aditya, a Class 4 student, had run away after Sathiyaraj asked him to stand outside the house for lying to him. Aditya’s mother had passed away three years ago, and he lived with his father and grandparents.
The altercation broke out after Aditya told Sathiyaraj that he had come home late as he was at tuitions when he actually wasn’t. “I just wanted to ensure that he does not lie again, so I told him to stand outside. I answered a phone call, then came to the door to call him in, but he was gone. I had no idea my punishment would affected him so strongly,” said Sathiyaraj.
Every moment from then on was a “nightmare” for Sathiyaraj, until 9pm on Thursday night when his son was found.
“I am so relieved he is back. He is still a bit scared. We have resumed his daily schedule, so he can feel a sense of normalcy,” he added.
The family is planning to arrange counselling sessions for Aditya. “We want to ensure this has not scarred him. We also want to know if anything else is bothering him,” Sathiyaraj said.