Mr. Sunil Kumar Arora
An adoption agency like Bal Asha Trust has not only helped in successful adoption but also has helped some children find their biological parents. Here are two success stories on how children were returned to their biological parents.
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know
what you will get – This saying cannot be truer as in case of Lakhan.
One day, a boy of about 8 to 9 years was found
roaming around the streets unaccompanied.
was wearing soiled clothes, and was visibly tired and hungry. He soon found himself with the police of
Agripada Police Station. When the
officers spoke to him, the only thing he said was that his name is Lakhan and
he was from Madhopur. The officers brought him to Bal Asha Trust after presenting
him before Child Welfare Committee, Mumbai, on the same day.
Lakhan was a little insecure in the beginning, but
after a few days at the residential home of Bal Asha Trust, he overcame his
insecurity and began to communicate with other children, staff, social workers
In the mean time, the police were on the look-out
for any complaints being lodged for a missing child with the above description
or any clue pertaining to his family.
This information was circulated to other States as well. The Trust had
also initiated the process of photo publication in news papers and telecasting
his photo on Doordarshan. Even after a
considerable period, there was no response or any hope of finding his family.
Lakhan on the other hand, had become very
communicable about his past. He told the
social worker that he used to live near the railway station called Madhaopur with his parents in
a small hut , and that his parents were rag-pickers They had barely any money to support their
daily expenses. He said that once when
he had a fight with his father,
he became so upset that he decided to run away from home. Lakhan soon took a train not knowing where
this journey will end. Lakhan, when
found, did not even know that he was in the City of Dreams –
During regular meetings which Bal Asha Trust had
with its social worker, the social worker told the members about Lakhan. In those days the late Dr Ashok Arora, Ph D,
a retired railway motorman helped Bal Asha Trust in various activities. Obviously Dr. Arora had a vast knowledge on
railways, as one came to know that he was interviewed by National Geographic for
a television documentary on Indian Railways.
Dr. Arora decided to talk to Lakhan and after
speaking to him, informed the members that this boy is a Rajasthani tribal boy
and there is a station known as “Sawai Madhopur” in Rajasthan from where there was
a direct train to Mumbai, so maybe he took one of those trains and came to
Dr. Arora then immediately wrote to the
Superintendant of Police at Sawai Madhopur.
He informed him about the details of the child, possible landmarks which
his parents knew, as narrated to him by Lakhan and also sent them his photograph.
Days passed by and then weeks, there was constant
follow up, but no response.
memorable day dawned and Lakhan got his box of chocolates. We were surprised to find a group of
five people, all attired in traditional
Rajashthani clothes, the women in typical Rajashthani
ghaghras as most of us see on
television. They had registered a lost complaint in the police station so the
police would locate them.
They came and looked at our surprised faces, “We
have come to take Lakhan”
They introduced themselves as Lakhan’s parents and
relatives. When we asked why so many
people have come, only the parents were required. They innocently said,” we did not want to get
lost in Mumbai and as we were anyway coming, we decided to do a little
They had brought with them a photograph of Lakhan,
clicked in one of the Melas. They had also got a letter from the SP’s
office. Soon Lakhan was called and as
soon as he saw his parents, the look of joy was there for everyone to see!
There was no further proof needed about the families” authentication. They hugged each other, cried and thank God! On the same day Lakhan was restored to his
with the order of Child Welfare Committee.
Many children are lost and found on the big bad
streets of cities. Only some are as lucky as Lakhan.
The success of Lakhan’s story besides being a lost
and found case primarily lays stress on the timely action taken by the staff,
social workers and counselors who worked in tandem with the police where united
action brought forth positive results!
Another success story of Bal Asha Trust is of Mohmad
Guddu. He ran away from a village near Patna
and came to Mumbai. He was sent to Bal Asha Trust insafe custody. He told the
name of his parents and siblings to the social worker in Dongri where he stayed
for a few days. All this was well documented. Sunil Arora, Administrator Bal
Asha Trust searched on the Bihar Police website and called SP of that district.
He spoke to the Writer in his office and told him about Mohmad Guddu. The
Writer confirmed that there was a missing complaint of such a boy and gave the
phone number of the Chowki of the
village he lived in. Sunil then spoke to the constable on duty who called his
parents and within half an hour Mohmad Guddu spoke to his parents. Both were
crying at two ends.
Now with the orders of CWC Mumbai, Mohmad Guddu was
sent home as his parents were too poor to travel to Mumbai.
All this was possible because of access to internet
and quick telecommunication but more so because of the will and determination
of the Administrator. Bal Asha Trust has started a new project called PROJECT HOPE
to locate families of lost children. Mohmad Guddu is the first success story.
As this is being printed two more children found their families as close as
Dombivali and as far is in Uttar Pradesh.