The Santacruz police provided shelter to a 19-year-old girl from Baroda who was lost after being lured to the city by six girls under the pretext of getting her a job and was later abandoned.
Shilpa Patel has been at the Santacruz police station since Monday. Since she does not have money the police have provided her with food. However, Patel does not know how to contact her parents as she said they do not have a phone. “I met these six girls around five years ago when they had come to Baroda on a vacation,” Shilpa said.
Shilpa, who does not know the full names of the six girls, further added that they reached Baroda on December 30 and after staying there for three days, asked her to come with them to Mumbai so that they could get her a good job. Shilpa boarded a train with the six girls on Sunday evening.
They reached Bandra terminus where the six girls abandoned her. She took an autorickshaw to Juhu beach where she approached a police vehicle stationed nearby. A police officer said, “We will be sending her to the women’s home till we can trace her parents. We are also trying to trace the six girls.”