“Sabina (name changed), a school drop-out, had run away from her Kurla (East) house on October 10 and was later re-united with her uncle and aunt after she was found at Mumbra station on the same day by the police,” said Sushant Bandgar, sub-inspector of Nehru Nagar police station.
Sabina ran away from the house again on October 26 and was found crying at Kalyan station by Jennifer Fernandez. The girl told Fernandez that she had come to the city from Lucknow with her elder sister, who ditched her at the station, and that she had no relatives here. Feeling pity, the nun took the girl with her.
“When Fernandez visited Byculla church on November 26, she saw a photograph of Sabina, with her parents’ and Nehru Nagar police’s contact number, pasted on a wall near the church. She contacted the police and told them that Sabina was with her,” said Dhananjay Bagayatkar, senior inspector of Nehru Nagar police station.
The Nehru Nagar police rushed to Byculla church and took custody of the girl. She was later handed over to her uncle and aunt after recording their statements. “The girl’s relatives have now sent her to her parents’ house at Lucknow,” said Bandgar. The medical report of Nagpada police hospital stated that the girl was not physically or sexually assaulted.