Missing Tribal Girl Reunites With Family After 5 Years, All Thanks To Aadhaar Card

Sometimes real-life stories sound like a plot of a thriller film and this incident from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow is one of them. A 23-year-old girl, who had gone missing 5 years ago, has been reunited with her family through Aadhaar card. Yes, you read that right.


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Rashmani was travelling for a job in Delhi

Rashmani, daughter of a daily wager from Jharkhand, had gone missing in 2017. How? She was offered a job in Delhi in the same year and her family agreed due to ongoing tremendous financial condition.

What happened next is shocking. After boarding the train along with the agent from Jharkhand, Rashmani sensed trouble and escaped at the Fatehpur station in UP.

She was rescued by the Railway Police and kept in a shelter home where they called her Rashi. When several attempts to go to her native place failed, the police sent her to a women’s shelter home in Allahabad.


Her Aadhaar application got rejected

Arti Singh, superintendent of Women Shelter Home in Lucknow, said: “In July, she was brought to Lucknow for rehabilitation. We applied for her Aadhaar card and it was rejected. In the sixth attempt, it showed duplication. Thereafter, the original address was traced.”

That is when Rashmani was taken to Jharkhand and she reunited with her family.

Similar incident in the past

In March this year, a speech-impaired 12-year-old girl was reunited with her parents after a gap of two years, with the help of her fingerprints on an Aadhar card. 

The girl was found wandering at the Central Railway Station in UP’s Kanpur and was rescued by the Child Helpline on February 1, 2020.

She was later shifted to a government shelter home whose officials took her for Aadhar enrolment.


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But when the software rejected her fingerprint, as a similar biometric information already existed in the data base under Reshmi’s name from Ludhiana’s Ram Nagar, the officers contacted the regional Aadhar office in Ludhiana and received a confirmation that Reshmi’s fingerprints matched with the data in Ram Nagar locality.

The centre’s officer then contacted the authorities in Ludhiana to track the girl’s parents. After the authorities located her parents, Reshmi was reunited with them.

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