Facebook brings missing boy back to parents

A 15-year-old Malayalee boy who has been missing since September 4 from his school in Bengaluru was found in a hotel in Yelahanka in Karnataka on Monday.

It was a college student in Yelahanka who saw a Facebook post about the missing boy and intimated Rohit’s parents.

Sreeram from Thiruvananthapuram who spotted Rohit said that the boy had been working in a hotel for over a month.

“My friends and I eat at this hotel rather regularly. The hotel owner had introduced us to the boy earlier as we were also Malayalees. He told us that his name was Joseph and that he was an orphan. The moment I saw the Facebook post, I realised it was him. I told my friend Riminjas about it and he immediately rang the phone number given on the post,” Sreeram told DC.

It is learnt that Rohit left home after his dad Saju scolded him for playing games on his computer for hours on end.

On September 3, the day before he went missing, Rohit reached his house late at night. When questioned about this Rohit, a student of St Joseph’s European School, told his parents that he had a special class in school.

However, upon enquiring, Saju discovered that it was sports day at the school and so he first berated and then counselled his son late into the night. The next day Rohit left without telling anybody.

Saju has been trying to find the boy ever since this incident.

He published Rohit’s photo in the Bengaluru dailies, and also used Facebook to reach out to thousands. Oommen Chandy intervened in the issue by asking the CM of Karnataka to launch a probe into the matter just after Saju filed a petition before the Chief Minister.

Rohit’s parents, Saju and Reni are relieved now that they have got their kid back, and have a million thanks to give Facebook users who shared Rohit’s news. “If the ‘well-wishers’ on Facebook were not around we wouldn’t have got our son back,” Saju told Deccan Chronicle.

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