NASHIK: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has rescued 477 runaway children from railway stations over Central Railway in the past seven months and reunited them with their parents. A total of 310 boys and 167 girls reunited with their parents with the help of NGOs like Childline. The RPF has rescued 70 children including 39 boys and 31 girls from the Bhusawal division.
Most of them came to the railway station without informing their families, due to some quarrel or some family issues or in search of better life or glamour. They were found loitering on the platforms or near the railway stations by trained Railway Protection Force personnel or sometimes in trains also.
Many of the parents express their deep gratitude and thankfulness for this noble service of the Railways. Anil Kumar Lahoti, General Manager said that the railways play its role of social responsibility by connecting with the runaway children, understanding their problems and counselling them to go with their family. He also appreciated the RPF and Frontline staff who play an important role by identifying such cases with their innate sense and taking immediate action as a counsellor.
Division-wise breakup of rescued children (from Jan to July 2021)
Mumbai div - 166 children (104 boys and 62 girls)
Bhusawal div - 70 children (39 boys and 31 girls)
Nagpur div - 40 children (22 boys and 18 girls)
Pune div - 171 children (130 boys and 41 girls)
Solapur div - 30 children (15 boys and 15 girls)