Greater Noida: In a prompt action in response to yesterday's failed abduction bid, the maintenance staff of Supertech Eco-Village-1 of Greater Noida west shut down the temporary gate outside of which the incident took place Tuesday afternoon.
While alertness of residents and the maintenance team is much to be celebrated, the major part of the credit for foiling the abduction bid goes to the girl, whose presence of mind retrieved her from the nightmare to share the experience with her parents so that others could take a cue from it.
Archana Yadav, a Delhi-based educator, told CitySpidey that parents don't share such incidents fearing that the incident would unduly haunt their child. Many parents just ignore the experience taking solace in the fact that “Hua toh kuch nahi na" (after all, nothing untoward has happened).
CitySpidey, spoke to a few parents across Greater Noida in an effort to understand their perspective to the Bachha Chori Gang (Child Lifting Gang) and how they are educating their children for a difficult situation such as this.
Naval Singh, a resident of Green Arch said, "Parents should make their children understand to not go anywhere alone or with anyone else except their parents".
Several societies in Greater Noida West like La Residentia in TechZone 4 are already conducting workshops on self-defence and awareness programmes for the children of their society. Sumil Jalota, a resident of La Residentia, told this reporter that the passcode is the best bet. Another strategy is to create awareness among the children and parents about the same.
A tech-savvy parent, Anita Prajapati, a resident of Gaur City 6, said, "I have given a GPS-enabled watch to my daughter to keep a track of her whereabouts and have asked her not to take anything, especially edibles, from strangers."
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She says as a parent, especially as a mother, sometimes she gets tensed about the environment when she gets to hear about such incidents. “I try talking to my daughter about what a good or bag touch is all about and how she can differentiate between the two. I also asked her to be alert and even shout out loud if she thinks someone is going to harm her.”
Interestingly, the Noida Police have been arresting people for spreading fake news of child abduction in the district. They have arrested over 30 people from August for spreading rumours about children lifting.