You don’t need a lot to be heroic. Sometimes, all it takes is 280 characters.
A man named Adarsh Shrivastava is being hailed a hero after he saved 26 girls from becoming the victims of human trafficking.
Adarsh was on board a train heading for Uttar Pradesh in northern India last Thursday when he noticed a group of girls, all between the ages of 10 and 14, visibly distraught. Concerned, he tweeted the following to the proper authorities:
I am traveling in Avadh express(19040). in s5. in my coach their are 25 girls all are juvenile some of them are crying and all feeling unsecure.@RailMinIndia @PiyushGoyal @PMOIndia @PiyushGoyalOffc @narendramodi @manojsinhabjp @yogi
— Adarsh Shrivastava (@AdarshS74227065) July 5, 2018
Kindly look into this matter @rpfner
— Indian Railways Seva (@RailwaySeva) July 5, 2018
Half an hour later, the Ministry of Railways responded by tagging the government’s Indian Railway Protection Force. A few stops later, two plainclothes officers came on board and apprehended two men, aged 22 and 55.
The 26 girls, meanwhile, were taken to social services where they are being reconnected with their families.
The country has praised Adarsh for his actions. One commenter said, “Such response makes me proud to be an Indian.” Another posted, “Thank you action is happening. Thanks for your quick response.”
In 2016 alone, more than 20,000 women and children were trafficked in India, many of whom were transported via the country’s train systems. To combat this, India’s Railway Board launched a campaign last month asking their riders to report any suspicious activity.
Thankfully, one person heeded their message.
Via Daily Dot