• Boy wanted to visit his married sister in Kanpur

Hyderabad: A nine-year-old boy from Bihar’s Gaya, who was missing for the last two months, was found in a government children’s home in Hyderabad. Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC), working closely with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), found the boy and safely deported him to his parents.

Shashikant Gurav, PCVC state co-ordinator of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said that it was challenging to communicate with the boy as he spoke in Magahi dialect of Gaya. Bihar team member of PCVC Gautam Kumar spoke to the boy and collected details about his residence. With these details, Kumar reached the boy’s village and found his parents.

The parents were shocked. They informed that for the last two months they had tried all possible means to trace their boy. They had complained to the local police station and had even spread messages across social media platforms. The parents said that the boy was missing since August 18, 2019. He wanted to meet his married sister who stays in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The parents informed the authorities that the boy suffers from a mental illness, and they couldn’t treat him due to financial restrictions.

The boy left the house to catch a train from Gadaru station in Gaya. However, he boarded the wrong train and reached Delhi. Realising that he is not in Kanpur, he boarded a wrong train again and reached Medchal, Telangana. Medchal Child-Line members then found the boy. He was produced before the Child Welfare Committee in Rangareddy.

Officials completed the verifications, and PCVC submitted a home investigation report to the Child Welfare Committee in Rangareddy. Afterwards, the authorities informed the boy’s family that they could receive their child from Rangareddy CWC or else he will be escorted to Bihar. The boy’s father came to Hyderabad to receive his son.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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