Mumbai: 141 runaway children reunited with families, thanks to RPF | Mumbai News - Times of India

Mumbai: 141 runaway children reunited with families, thanks to RPF | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: A 14-year-old minor girl ran away from her are raising residence in Mumbai in December last year after her father scolded her. She was found by the Central Railway‘s RPF team at Sion station, and after they counselled her, she agreed to go back home and was reunited with family.
She is among 141 runaway children who were rescued by the RPF Mumbai division in the past 12 months, said CR chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar on Sunday.
“The children were rescued from city railway platforms of CR stations in 2020-21,” he said, adding that they have been sent to their respective homes and reunited with parents with help of NGOs like Childline. Those rescued include 92 boys and 49 girls.
“Most of these 141 children arrived in the city without informing families, due to some fight, or some family issues, or in search of better life or glamour,” Sutar said. “These children were found loitering on platforms or near railway stations. The RPF staff was sensitive towards dealing with them, asked them about their background, understood their problems and gave them counselling which convinced them to go back to their parents,” he stated.
Many parents also expressed gratitude and thanks to the RPF after they were reunited with the children, he said.
In the last five years, 1874 children were rescued over the Mumbai division of Central Railway.

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