Sixteen boys flee from shelter home
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 19:12
New Delhi: Sixteen young boys ran away from a shelter home run by an NGO during Holi celebrations at one of its campuses in the national capital.

The incident was reported from the shelter home located in Jahangirpuri and run by Prayas, an NGO founded by former IPS officer Amod Kanth, on March one. Five children who have run away have been located and brought back.

"We were having a music programme at our shelter home when some of the boys managed to run away. Some outside elements helped them in this. We hope to bring the remaining boys back with in a week," Saroj Sain, Prayas Director, said.

The boys who fled from the shelter home were earlier rescued by the NGO from traffickers and industries where they were employed.

A missing complaint has been filed by the NGO at the Jehangirpuri police station, Sain said. The NGO has formed two teams to locate the boys and they are working round the clock, he said.

"Ours is not an observation home and so we cannot lock them up. They go to schools and lead a normal life like any other child," he said.

The Delhi-based NGO, one of the largest non-profit organisations in the country was founded in 1988 by Kanth after a fire ravaged the North Delhi slum of Jahangirpuri.


First Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 19:12

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