‘Runaway kids make Mumbai rly stations their home’
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 13, 2011, 19:08
Mumbai: Over ten thousand children in the age group of 10 to 15 years, who came here in the past six years after running away from their homes for various reasons, have been found taking shelter in the premises of the city railway stations, police said on Sunday.

Out of 10,181 minor children, who came to Mumbai either in pursuit of their dreams, to earn money or due to family abuse, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has reunited 9,056 kids with their parents while 1125 children have been sent to the reform centres in the city, they said.

Citing the statistics, police said 6508 boys and 3676 girls were found at the railway stations premises in the past six years.

Among those reunited, 493 children are from various states of the country and also from other countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal and the rest are from Maharashtra.

In total 102 children were reunited in Uttar Pradesh followed by 70 in Bihar, 55 in Gujarat, 54 in Delhi, 49 in West Bengal and 34 in Andhra Pradesh respectively.

"The reasons for the children to come to Mumbai are varied. Some are attracted towards the city, Bollywood or (come) here to earn money while others come to Mumbai to get rid of the abusive family members, frequent quarrelling of parents and poverty," said Prabhat Kumar, Commissioner of Police, GRP.

"Our men did their best to reunite them with their parents. The children whose parents could not be found yet have been sent to reform centres so that they do not get addicted to alcohol, drugs, tobacco and other bad habits," he added.


First Published: Sunday, November 13, 2011, 19:08

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