I love to chat!
Posted December 15, 2008on:
Kanhaai sat there with her novel and coffee mug, cuddled up in her “Tom and Jerry” blanket. She was missing Anaadya.
It had been a two days now since he came on-line. He told he would, didn’t he? Actually he promised… but then, when did he keep his promises!
They had met on-line around a year back. When they met on-line Kanhaai was 13 years and Anaadya 14. They were born on the same day, exactly one year apart. Initially it was just hi-hello and unexpected bump-ins. But as time passed they longed to talk to each other. And they chatted with each other for hours.
Kanhaai started getting dependent on him. She was a single child and her parents were busy professionals. She found a friend and a soul mate in Anaadya. As soon as she came home from school she would put on the PC and wait for Anaadya to come on-line.
She was a straight ‘A’ student till now. But her grades started falling. Her mother initially thought it was due to the adolescent changes. But when for three consecutive tests her grades didn’t improve she started worrying. She sensed the changes occurring in her daughter and she didn’t like it. Something was amiss.
But Kanhaai’s father waved her concern away and told her that she was getting unnecessarily worried.
Kanhaai was getting more aloof and most of her time now passed in front of the PC. She was no longer an active teenager who loved sports nor was she interested in anything. The bolt for the parents came when one day they were called to the school and were reprimanded by the principal for Kanhaai’s constant fall in academics and extra curricular activities.
When her father looked at her in the evening she suddenly looked pale and withdrawn and he realized that his daughter has changed… He cursed himself for letting the things go so far. But it was not too late yet.
They both took Kanhaai to a psychiatrist and she was diagnosed with internet addiction. But what hit them hard was that she was involved with a person, almost of her age, on internet and…
What they came to know about the relationship was so horrifying that they could not believe what they heard.
Their child falling prey to internet sexual abuse and extortion!
Kanhaai’s mother couldn’t hold herself. She blamed herself for not being there for her daughter’s crucial years. But this was not the time to blame anybody.
They were explained by the psychiatrist that scolding or reprimanding the child would only get the intense rebuke. This was the time to be patient.
Epilogue: Cyber Cops were able to nail down “Anaadya” who, as turned out to be, was not 14 but 41 years old and was a pervert; mainly involved in sexual abuse and pornography.
Kanhaai is slowly recovering not only from the addiction but also from her depression and mental trauma. Recently she got a ‘C’ for her Math monthly test.