Thank you INDUji
Savdhaan India, Dec 11, 2012
An agitated woman walks into a mall purposefully, and goes directly to the left-bag counter to deposit a duffel bag she is carrying, but just then her husband comes with the police; they find the bag is full of currency notes. What is the story here, asks Mohnish Bahl.
A desperate mother, Archana, was going to make a pay-off to the kidnappers of her son, Aarav. Her husband, Dilip cautioned the police, as he was convinced that paying off was not a solution. The police needed to be brought in to find the missing child. What exactly had happened?
It is a regular school day for Aarav…. just before he leaves, mummy, Archana, quickly stitches a red button in his white shirt. Why? The shirt had a button missing, and at that last minute all Archana could find was that red button… "wear this to school today and I will bring you a new shirt this evening", the mother reassured the excited boy.
A strange close encounter: the school bus drops him off outside his residential building. On that fateful day, his mother, Archana, gets late meeting him at the bus drop-off point because she was out buying the new uniform shirt for her little son. A neighbour says, yes Aarav walked into the complex, she saw him. Archana assumes he has gone home. But Aarav has not reached home. Mohnish Bahl, straightaway cautions: parents need to be wary and alert about the safety of their children; schools are equally responsible for the security of the kids; school-bus conductors and drivers need to ensure they are as aware of the safety of the children when they are dropped off…. My Bahl grimly points out the high incidence of young children being kidnapped; the horrors of human trafficking; and statistics state that over 29 per cent of such crimes are perpetrated by persons known to their victims lulling the latter into complacency.
The police move from one possible suspect to another. From neighbours, security guards, to finally the stepfather… who seems the most likely culprit, so much so that the hapless mother Archana also gets convinced that it was her husband, whose intolerance of the young boy, had driven him to the crime. With a twist in the tale, circumstances, and the red button reveal finally that it was the young paying guest of the family who, appearing as the sympathiser, was actually the villain of the scene. His extravagant life style and ensuing debts created the situation that prompted the kidnapping… matters went out of hand as they inevitably do, and the innocent boy was fatefully lost to the hands of greed and avarice.Mr. Mohnish Bahl, highlights the grief of the shocked mother on finding the decayed body of her son; the culprit was finally caught, but too late – after the innocent child became the victim of the tragic and horrendous consequences of high living and low thinking. Such is the outcome of the greed for wealth, the blind pursuit of fame and power, and the get-rich-quick impulse that drives as many as 50-60 per cent of youth to crime. Such are the statistics, Mohnish Bahl reminds us, and bids farewell with the warmth of friendly but sagacious advise: be cautious, be alert and stay safe – India Fight Back!!