After 5 years of long wait, Indian Army officer locates missing mother in Malappuaram
Kuttippuram: 22-year-old Sumit joined the Indian Army in Odisha 2 years back. By then it has been three years since his mother had gone missing. Though he was not sure if she was still alive, he hoped against hope for her return. Years of long wait finally yielded result when he found his mother in a rescue home at Tavanur village in Malappuram.
Five years ago in 2014, Babylata (50), left home from Gondia district of Maharashtra in search of Sumit who had left for Chennai to find a job. After years of relentless search and wandering aimlessly, she reached Kerala in 2016. Police found her on the roads and brought her to the rescue home under the Department of Women and Child Development.
A retired employee of the Home Ministry and social activist M Shivan took up the initiative to find Babylata’s relatives under the direction of the concerned officials.
When he contacted the Tiroda police station in Maharashtra, they handed over details of Babylata. The investigation officers at the station identified her relatives and informed Shivan. The relatives had lodged a missing complaint at the time when she went missing.
Babylata’s son Sumit, who left for Chennai in search of a job, joined the Army in 2017. He is presently serving at the army camp in Odisha. Babylata has three daughters too.
Upon learning that his mother was alive, he contacted the rescue home authorities. It was a surprise for Sumit to meet his mother years later. The mother and son spoke via video call on Sunday.
At the time of joining the Army, Sumit had informed about his mother's disappearance to the military officials. So on finding her, he immediately informed the military camp. Sumit said he will be arriving at the rescue home soon to take his mother back to Odisha.