Hundreds of Mumbai kids go missing every day
Every month, hundreds of children go missing in Mumbai. Some run away from homes to escape problems, while others are kidnapped by organised gangs that force the children into begging.
The Mumbai police recorded 6,345 cases of missing children (aged up to 14) from 2010 to 2012.
A review of the figures shows that more boys than girls went missing in the three years. Also, more children disappeared in 2012. In 2011, a total of 1,106 boys and 782 girls disappeared; the next year, those totals went up, respectively, by around 30% and 34%.
For the families of the disappeared, every passing year worsens the pain. Thirty-five-year-old George Vincent’s elder brother went missing in Mumbai in 1991, but he and his family are yet to find closure. “It has been over 22 years. My brother ran away after he was scolded for not going to church on a Sunday,” said Vincent, who is now a resident of Kerala. “He never came back home.
(Source: Hindustan Times, Times of India)
Don Bosco India has been working to rescue and shelter the Young at Risk. (Report by January 2014)
Missing children rescued: 173,134*
Complaints about missing children: 39,235*
Home placement of missing children: 64,928*
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