New Delhi, July 7: We talk a lot about the power of social media..social media can do this and that.. We say social media not only provides us information immediately but helps us to save ours/ others life too. Yes, the above sentence is right, as a single ‘tweet’ saved not only saved the life of 25 underage girls but also saved their exploitation.
Notably, a single tweet led the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Police Force (RPF) to rescue a total of 25 underage girls from the Muzaffarpur-Bandra Awadh Express.
Rather turning away and minding his own business, Adarsh Shrivastava, a passenger onboard the Muzaffarpur-Bandra Awadh Express on July 5 after noticing 25 underage girls crying and feeling insecure immediately tweeted to the official twitter handles of PM Modi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal etc and sought help.
He in a series of tweet said, “I am traveling in Avadh express(19040). in s5. in my coach their are 25 girls all are juvenile some of them are crying and all feeling [email protected] @PiyushGoyal @PMOIndia @PiyushGoyalOffc @narendramodi @manojsinhabjp @yogi.”
“subject to human trafficking )my current station is Hari Nagar my next station is BAGAHA and then Gorakhpur.kindly help them out. Please [email protected] @PiyushGoyal @PiyushGoyalOffc @PMOIndia @narendramodi @rajnathsingh,” he added in another tweet.
Reacting immediately to the tweet, officials in Varanasi, as well as Lucknow, came into action and within half an hour of the alert on social media site started investigating the matter. The GRP at Gorakhpur coordinated with Childline along with the anti-trafficking unit of the police. Two RPF jawans in civil clothes boarded the train at Kaptanganj and escorted them to Gorakhpur.
RPF in a statement said, "26 girls were found with two men, aged 22 and 55 years. All of them are from West Champaran in Bihar. The girls were being taken from Narkatikyaganj to Idgah. When questioned the girls were unable to answer anything convincingly, so they have been handed over to the child welfare committee. The girls are believed to be between the ages of 10 and 14 years.” “Their parents have been informed and the men have been taken into custody,” the statement added.
Importantly, Adarsh’s account was created only on July 5, 2018, and the first post he put out was alerting the authorities about the girls.
We are all responsible citizens of the country and therefore it is our duty to act with a bit of responsibility. So do we have a responsibility towards society. Adarsh took on his responsibility and by a single tweet, he saved 25 lives being trafficking.
Team NewsBharati salutes Adarsh for keeping up the humanity and all the efforts he took to safeguard the life of 25 underage girls being trafficking.