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Lost a year ago, girl reunites with family

Cheer and smiles echoed in the air of All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPCS) on Friday as Deepti Sarkar, a resident of West Bengal, reunited with her daughter Soma Sarkar at main branch of Pingalwara, almost a year after she left home in a mentally unstable condition.

punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2012 23:53 IST

After remaining anxious about her daughter,who went missing a year back and spending sleepless night worrying about her well being, a mother's prayers were finally answered.


Cheer and smiles echoed in the air of All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPCS) on Friday as Deepti Sarkar, a resident of West Bengal, reunited with her daughter Soma Sarkar at main branch of Pingalwara, almost a year after she left home in a mentally unstable condition.

Soma, who is believed to be around 22 years old, went missing from her native place in Bhoot Bagan, Kanchan Nagar, District Burdwan, West Bengal in October 2011. Somehow, she reached Pathankot and was located by Child Line, Pathankot wandering aimlessly a few months back.

Because of her mental condition, child line contacted local Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health, so that Soma could be given the right treatment.

"Since she was mentally unfit, she was referred to Dr. BL Goel, director of the institute here. After getting initial treatment at the institute, she later came to us in August 2012," said Col. (Retd.) Darshan Singh Bawa, administration with AIPCS.

Because of her mental condition, Soma was unable to recall how she reached Pathankot. However, she recalled her address and had handed it to Child Line. "The child line then traced the address Soma had provided and came in touch with her family," Col. Bawa added.

Soma stayed at Pingalwara for just about a month and was given the needed treatment. Thanks to the efficiency of West Bengal police, Soma's family was contacted and on Friday her mother reached Amritsar and she was handed over to the police party led by ASI Sanjay Paul.

"We got a letter from Burdwan police on September 14 to confirm that they had successfully traced out the address. All formalities of her discharge have been completed so that Soma can go back to her family," said AIPCS general manager Surjeet Singh Rahi.

As a wet-eyed mother hugged Soma, her happiness and relief was evident on her face. "Soma is still on medication, but she has substantially recovered. Due to her health and because of the language difference, we were not able to get details about her family, but Soma's mother claims that she is married and has children also,"said Dr. Inderjit Kaur, chairperson of AIPCS.