Rekha Mishra has rescued 434 children since she joined the Railway Protection Force in 2014. Working at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station in Mumbai, she keeps a constant lookout for children and young girls traveling alone or looking lost.
“Those who are lost, or don’t know their way around, or are troubled, they all get down at the last stop.”
She is on a mission to rescue such kids and goes a step further by trying to reunite them with their parents. Some of the kids are victims of kidnapping. Many of the children have run away from home for various reasons including abuse, or in the quest for money or adventure in Mumbai. Hence each situation has to be treated differently and with sensitivity. In certain instances, she stays with the kids till the next course of action can be decided. Sadly, most of the children are handed over to the Child Welfare Committee, as they have not been able to trace the parents.
Rekha’s family has an army background. She is also a state-level athlete with her department. Officials have hinted that she will be nominated for awards in the future for her sincerity and hard work.
Why do I think her work is important?
In a world, where people work mainly for money, this woman has gone the extra mile to do more than her job description. Government employees are infamously known for clocking the hours & taking bribes, so such stories are like a breath of fresh air. And speaking as a parent, if my child was lost or kidnapped, her work would have been equivalent to the work of God in my eyes. All power to her to continue on this noble mission. Also, I hope all Railway Protection Force personnel in India emulate her example.