Two unattended children reach Ambala from Mumbai

AMBALA: Railway Protection Force personnel found two unattended children, one 9 and one 4, wandering in the railway station on Wednesday night. They took the children to their office and ed child helpline at the number 1098. After documentation, the child helpline team handed the children over to the district child welfare committee (DCWC), which is talking to them to know more about them and how they reached from Mumbai.

Gurdev Singh, member of the DCWC said the children, Rutan Kumari, 9 and her brother Amul, 4, said their parents are named Shyam and Neetu. “The children do not know how they reached Ambala and could not provide their correct address in Mumbai either. They only said they belong to Mumbai. Since they do not speak fluent Hindi, our team is working hard to counsel them,” Gurdev Singh said.

Gurdev also said they do not want to scare the children and are trying to win their confidence. He said Rutan, who understands things well, can explain how they managed to come so far away from home. He said the children were medically examined at the civil hospital and their reports were normal.

However, the DCWC team feels the girl is concealing some information. Gurdev said she told them her father used to beat them, so they left the house. The children will be counseled by another team of the district child protection officer, and the DCWC team is coordinating with CWC teams of Mumbai and . They have shared photos of the children with them.

If the whereabouts of the children is not traced in the next 24 hours, they will be shifted to Shishu Greh in Panchkula, where they will be taken care of. Both children will be kept together. Gurdev also asked the government to set up a digital database of children with CWCs of the country. He said such a database with the CWCs would enable them to trace lost children quickly.

In the next meeting, Gurdev said, they will discuss the issue of digital database and write to the deputy commissioner and ministers. He also said aadhar database can help find the location of lost children quickly.

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