A 19-year-old girl, who went missing around nine years ago, got reunited with her family on Saturday.
An emotional reunion with her parents took place at the conference room of the deputy commissioner’s office in Noakhali.
Her foster parents, Didarul Alam and Sanwara Begum, husband and DC Tonmoy Das, among others, were present at the time.
The reunion has become possible because of a noble effort by Didarul and his wife Sanwara of Chattogram, who not only gave Shirin Akhter Selina shelter, but also brought her up with great care and arranged her marriage, said local journalists.
Selina is the daughter of fisherman Md Abul Kashem of Surjomukhi Ashka Bazar area in Noakhali’s Hatia upazila.
Nine years ago, Selina went to Noakhali General Hospital with her ailing maternal grandmother and went missing from there.
When she started screaming, a fraud woman came to her and offered her to take to her residence. But she took Selina to Chattogram’s Halishahar and sold her off to a resident of the area as a domestic help.
Selina was tortured in many ways at the residence. In 2013, she fled from the house and took shelter to an unknown woman named Swapna Begum in the same area.
After hearing the girl’s sufferings, Swapna took her to the local police station. Police then requested her to give Selina shelter.
Few days later, Swapna’s elder sister Sanwara Begum, 45, took the girl to her residence and started bringing her up with great care. In the meantime, Sanwara and her husband started searching for Selina’s family in different ways.
The couple married Selina off to a man in June this year.
In August, the couple were able to communicate with her family through journalists Md Shafiqul Islam Khan and AKM Mostofa.
Selina finally got reunited with her family on Saturday.