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observation homes
CJ | 12 Jul 2010

At the first sight case was consider as a Bangladesh Prostitute Case, because ratio of trafficking cases from Bangladesh is on its peak. But after the query to the girl by the child welfare committee members they come to know that she hailed from the West

 

Nadia (name changed) girl who was under 18 and abider of west Bengal accompanied by her friend. They ran away from their home in West Bengal and ended up in Maharashtra. Where she was handed over in some red light area by her boy friend whom she trusted and accompanied. And there mishap caught her where she becomes the victim of her own fault from which she was not acquainted. Luckily she got the chance to fled away from that dangerous cage and she confronted with some NGO member who submitted this child to the observation home.
At the first sight case was consider as a Bangladesh Prostitute Case, because ratio of trafficking cases from Bangladesh is on its peak. But after the query to the girl by the child welfare committee members they come to know that she hailed from the West Bengal. And after this member opine that case should be refer to the police to sort out the culprit of the girl and girl child should be handed over to their parents after finding them.
 
This is a single case from which we confronted. Same like this there is a hundred of cases from which we are not acquainted and confronted.
 
Another case of Saya (name changed) usually she was beaten by her father. The child ran away from home in Madhya Pradesh and she ended up in Maharashtra. Where she was sent to the government observation home.
 
The fate of children such as Nadia and Saya was uncertain till recently. They could remain at the home for up to six months. But because of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the provision of police escorts to take runaway and trafficked children back home to other states, the wait is now over.
 
Children, who ran away from home in places such as Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and West Bengal, form a substantial number of the children at these homes. There are also children trafficked for labor from Kolkata to other states and vice-versa; child beggars, orphans, and children of disrupted families who have taken to the streets.
 
The average age of these children who are here in these observation homes is about 9 to 18. Once information is received about such children over the child helpline 1098, they are referred to the CWC and put up at the observation homes. Interviews with the probation officers, they are repatriated, if they can be located. Children from other states are referred to the local CWC.
Now with the police department stepping in to help, several of them repatriated.
And process is authentic because it is related with the child life for this there is a provision, if a family comes to the home; it is expected to show documentation such as school certificate, ration cards or an affidavit from the local police station.
 
But it is facing some problem at the time of Communication and communication remain a problem, when children are from peculiar states and do not know any language other than their local regional dialect. This sometime creates a problem to pitch on the case instantly.