This is the power of social media Image: Thinkstock, Twitter
That the pen is mightier than the sword is passé, a tweet is the mightiest weapon now. Do you know the power of just one tweet? 280 characters? From putting a smile on your face to calling out someone's misogyny to saving someone's life, a tweet can do it all.
And this time around it saved 26 lives from being destroyed. In a heroic act by a responsible citizen, the young girls were saved from being victims of human trafficking.
Twenty six underage girls were rescued by the GRP and RPF from the Muzaffarpur-Bandra Avadh Express after a tweet from a passenger alerted them about the situation.
It was on July 5, Adarsh Shrivastava, who was travelling in the S5 coach of the train, noticed around 25 girls crying and looking uncomfortable. He immediately tweeted about it, tagging the Railway ministry, Railway minister Piyush Goyal, PM Narendra Modi, and more.
Reacting to the tweet almost immediately, officials in Varanasi and Lucknow swung into action. And within half an hour of the alert on the social media site, they started investigating the matter, a railway spokesperson told PTI.
The GRP at Gorakhpur coordinated with Childline along with the anti-trafficking unit of the police. Two RPF jawans in plainclothes boarded the train at Kaptanganj and escorted them to Gorakhpur.
"26 girls were found with two men, aged 22 and 55 years. All of them are from West Champaran in Bihar. The girls were being taken from Narkatikyaganj to Idgah. When questioned the girls were unable to answer anything convincingly, so they have been handed over to the child welfare committee. The girls are believed to be between the ages of 10 and 14 years. Their parents have been informed and the men have been taken into custody," a statement from RPF said.
With his presence of mind, Adarsh managed to alert the authorities and save the girls. That's the power of social media. People lauded him for his on-the-feet thinking. And are also requesting PM Modi to honour him with an award.
All we can ask now for is more people like Adarsh. Bravo, man!
(With inputs from PTI)