They say that the internet is a dark place. While cyberbullying, frauds and trolls are the many facets of this dark side, most people tend to overlook the positive power of social media which can drive quick action and save lives.
A classic example of this ‘power’ was when an alert passenger, Adarsh Shrivastava, helped rescue 26 minor girls from being trafficked with one tweet. Read more about the story here.
Similarly, today we bring you the story of a six-month-old girl who was rescued by Palghar police from a waterlogged building in Manikpur, on July 11.
As various parts of the city continue to be submerged under water, and NDRF conducted rescue operations to save stranded individuals, Sharad Jha, a media professional, tweeted at 11 am.
Addressing the Palghar police and other authorities he wrote, “We are stranded in Sun city, Vasai west area with heavy water logging and my daughter is in serious condition vomiting since morning. We have no means to move out for doctor. need immediate doctor’s support.”
It was only a matter of time until the police control room intimated the Manikpur police station. Constable Gite was given the responsibility to rescue the child and take her to the nearest Astha hospital. But it wasn’t easy.
Speaking to Indian Express, Constable Gite recalled, “I was asked to go to the Irish building in Sun City to help some people. When I reached the spot, there was water up to the waist at the entrance. However, I just walked in and managed to reach the third floor flat.”
Once he made it to the third floor, the constable wrapped the baby in soft blankets and marched out to seek medical assistance.
“I just thought her to be my child. I would have done the same,” he said.
The toddler, Chetna Jha, was immediately rushed in a police vehicle and admitted to a private hospital.
Chetna is now recuperating in the hospital and will be kept under observation for a while.
Once Chetna was admitted, 27-year-old Constable Gite, who was out all Wednesday morning, did not stop; he moved to other parts of Manikpur to help stranded citizens.
“There is severe waterlogging, and we are responding to all calls, as soon as possible. We have even helped some people without charged cell phones to use our phones and make calls,” he told the publication.
When asked about the delay in alerting officials about the situation, another officer said, “The delay in relaying information occurred because of poor connectivity. By the time the constable was assigned and he reached the spot, some hours had passed.”
Nonetheless, it is indeed a sigh of relief that Chetna was rushed to the hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope Constable Gite is rewarded for his feat.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)