The father of a 14-year-old girl who went missing along with five others said he became worried when he was told about the note left behind by his daughter in their cupboard locker and the missing Rs2,500 kept in it.
The girl, according to police, is the only one amongst the six who had taken money along. No cash had been reported missing from the residence of the other girls. “We suspect the Rs2,500 taken by the girl is the only money they had. Considering they were six people, the money would not have lasted them beyond a few days,” said an officer from the Vakola police station.
The note, signed by all the six girls, states that the girls have decided to run away to pursue better career prospects, and that they would return only after becoming ‘successful’. According to the police, the parents of the girls identified the different handwritings to be that of their daughters.
When asked if he had an inkling that his daughter may have wanted to do pursue a course that they were not allowing her to, which might have provoked her to run away, the construction site supervisor said: “My daughter is just 14 years old. She had not asked us for anything, and never discussed her career with us. She did not seem unhappy and there were absolutely no fights or any other indications about anything bothering her.”
“She is in Class 8 and has never stepped out of the Vakola area. She is going to a school which is situated very close to our house, and even her tuition classes are nearby. Why she would think of running away from home is something I still cannot understand.”