Here's a happy ending to a story that could easily have ended very, very badly in a country where crimes against women are rampant. Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna, who has been missing since Wednesday after she boarded an auto-rickshaw on her way home from work, has been found.
The 24-year-old woman who worked with the e-commerce portal in Gurgaon, spoke to her parents this morning, a police official was quoted as saying in a tweet from the official Uttar Pradesh government's Twitter handle.
Ms.Dipti spoke to her parents; soon to join them; we are eagerly awaiting for her return- Sh.Dharmendra,SSP, GZB #HelpFindDipti— Government of UP (@UPGovt) February 12, 2016
NDTV reported that Dipti called her parents to say that she was safe and was on a train from Haryana's Panipat to Delhi. Her family, along with the police, met her at the station.
How she reached Panipat after taking an auto on Wednesday around 8:30 pm from outside the metro station at Vaishali in Ghaziabad is still unclear.
On Wednesday night, Dipt's father Narendra Sarna received a call from his daughter when her auto crossed the Hindon river bridge, to let him know that she was on her way. This was a route Dipti had been taking for the last one year and nothing was amiss until then.
According to his statement to Uttar Pradesh police, senior Sarna said it was then that he got a call from a friend of Dipti's in Bengaluru who warned him that his daughter might be in danger. The friend has apparently been speaking to her and heard some commotion.
Dipti had taken a shared auto rickshaw and another woman told the auto drivers around that area she was forcibly pushed out of the vehicle. Police are looking for the woman who allegedly said some men had waved a knife at her to force her to get down.
Her father was waiting for her near the Ghaziabad bus stand when he received a call from her friend. The friend informed her father that she was in danger. He had been speaking to her on the phone when he heard her scream and the call got disconnected.
"He had been speaking to her on the phone when he heard her scream and the call got disconnected,” City SP Salman Taj Patil told the Indian Express. She was also heard shouting at the auto driver for taking a wrong route. Her phone was switched off after that.
An FIR has been filed at Sihani Gate police station under Section 364 (kidnapping in order to murder) of the IPC.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had instructed the Ghaziabad SSP to personally head the search operation.
Her company had also put out a public appeal on Facebook to help trace her.
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