Nadia hands over 4 missing girls to parents

Karachi: Coordinator to Chief Minister Sindh for Human Rights, Nadia Gabol, on Monday handed over four missing girls to their parents during a press briefing at Directorate of Human Rights.

The girls included, Noor Begum, 11, daughter of Noor Mohammad; Sana, 12, daughter of Mohammad Saleem; Samina, 11, daughter of Khushi Mohammad; and Rabia, 20. The four girls were residents of Keamari Town, Zia Colony, Manghopir and Sohrab Goth. There were scenes of joy and happiness among parents who were able to find their loved ones due to efforts made by human rights department of Sindh government.

Speaking on the occasion, father of Noor Begum said that he could not believe that his daughter had returned home. “She went missing after her seminary teacher sent her to buy goods from a nearby market where she forgot the path to her house and was later sent to Edhi Home by police. It took almost an year.”

Humera, mother of recovered girl Samina, said: “I am a street beggar and my daughter went missing from new Sabzi Mandi in Sohrab Goth. “My husband has died and I earn money by begging in the streets of Saddar. Two years ago, a beggar, Ali, took away my daughter and after that I found her two days ago.”

Briefing media on the occasion, Gabol said that it was a delightful moment for her that the missing girls were able to meet their parents. “I appreciate human rights department for recovering girls.”

She said that four girls aged between 11 to 20 years were handed over to their parents. “We visited Edhi Home on November 25 on the occasion of International Day for violence against Women and assured missing girls to help them in finding their loved ones.

Nadia said: “Our teams along with missing girls visited several areas and after a week-long search, we were able to find their homes.”

She also applauded the efforts of Edhi for providing shelter to the girls and said that without their help, it would be not possible to accomplish this mission. Gabol said that it was the responsibility of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to take government into confidence over the missing girls so that they could be safely returned to their homes.

Nadia said that the government was working on the issue and soon a girl from Muzaffarabad would be able to meet her parents.

Spokeswoman for Edhi, Dr Farhana Javed, said that there were almost 120 girls present in the shelter homes of Edhi. “We are making possible efforts to return them to their relatives. “We are taking support from media to highlight the faces of the girls so that their parents could see them, she concluded.”

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