In an unusual case, the police have issued a notice to the parents of a nine-year-old speech and hearing impaired girl after she went missing for the fifth time in the last five months from her Kurla residence.
This means if she goes missing again, legal action could be taken against her accountant father and mother, a homemaker.
On Monday, at 9 am, the girl was playing outside her house in New Mill Compound area at Kurla (W). After two hours when she did not return home, they started searching for her.
Finally, they approached the Kurla police, who formed a special team to find her.
The Kurla police treat such cases as top priority especially after three minor girls were found raped and murdered at Nehru Nagar in Kurla since February.
They finally found the girl at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in the evening, said Senior Police Inspector V. Bagwe.
"My wife and I were busy with household chores when she sneaked out to play. We have tried to be cautious with her but we have two more children and it is not possible to keep a watch on her at all time," said the girl's father, who did want to be identified. "We are now looking for a child care centre where she could be taken care."
This was the fifth time the girl went missing from her house, and the second time when the police were involved to help find her.
The girl had last gone missing in July.
The Kurla police wrote a letter to the girl's parents asking them to write her name, address and contact number on a piece of paper and always keep it in her pocket.
A police officer explained that this would help someone who finds her to drop her home.