Good samaritan reunites lost child with parents

ADITYA DEV / TIMES OF INDIA

GURGAON: Five-year-old Suhani lost her way on Thursday morning, while trying to follow her mother to a nearby hospital. Although she was just a few kilometres away from her Mullahera village residence, Suhani did not know what to do and started crying.

It was then that a good samaritan, Avneet Singh Khurana, noticed her and took her in his custody before handing her over to police. Luckily for Suhani, her story had a happy ending as the child was reunited with her parents late in the evening.

Suhani’s mother Babita had landed in Gurgaon from Muzaffarpur, her native town in Bihar, only a month ago. While she had always feared losing her daughter in a “big city” like Gurgaon, she did not know that her greatest nightmare would come true so soon.

Suhani was alone at home when Babita went out to visit the hospital. Her father, Rajesh, a vegetable vendor, had gone to the market early in the morning. When Babita returned to her one-room house on Thursday, she panicked on finding her daughter missing. Along with Rajesh, she went looking in every house in the neighbourhood, but they found no trace of Suhani.

Babita said, “I had recently heard that the body of a young child, whose kidney had been removed, was found in a nallah. So I thought I had lost her forever. I could not hold back my tears and called up all my relatives in Bihar. My husband was furious at me for being so careless. Those seven hours that we spent trying to find our only child seemed endless.”

Avneet, who works as software engineer at United Health Group, was passing through Atul Kataria Chowk at around 12 noon, when he spotted the frightened-looking girl, who was crying bitterly. He offered her food and called up the PCR. Subsequently, cops from the Sector 18 police station took Suhani in their custody. Avneet also informed CHILDLINE. Avneet told TOI, “I understood at once that she was lost. I was shocked to see that no passers by had cared to take notice of her crying. I have a daughter of her age and could imagine the pain her parents must have been going through.”`

Suhani’s parents, unable to locate her anywhere, later went to police station in the evening where they were informed that their daughter was safe with CHILDLINE  Avneet, meanwhile, was keeping a tab on the developments. On Friday, Avneet met Suhani once again and gifted her a few boxes of sweets and chocolates.

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