67 children reunited with their families in Lucknow

In an emotion filled event, 67 children who had lost contact with their families were reunited with their parents at a ceremony organized by SATHI on 5th July 2017 at Lucknow. These children had either run away from home, trafficked or lost and were rescued from railway stations of Kanpur and Varanasi. There were also some children who had attended a month long home orientation camp in Govt. Children’s Home, Ramnagar near Varanasi.

The children were handed over to their parents in the presence of Smt. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. Speaking at the event, she said “It is not possible for me to explain in words the happiness of getting a child back who was lost. For any mother, it is the second biggest happiness after the birth of her child”. Appreciating the work of SATHI, she said that when a person starts good work, it is possible to gain the support from society and the government within a short time.

The Minister promised that the government would open more shelters for lost and separated children. She also said that the government will start working soon for begging children and are seeking to collaborate with organizations in this endeavor.

[The Hindu] 19 rescued minor girls restored to parents

Visakhapatnam | 29 June 2017

All the 19 minor girls from Gajapathi district of Odisha, who were rescued by Childline and Saathi an NGO with the help of Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Visakhapatnam railway station on Tuesday, were handed over to their parents after a counselling session on Wednesday.

The minor girls, all aged between 15 and 17 years, were reportedly being taken to Akiveedu in West Godavari district to work in shrimp hatcheries.

The girls, who were seen roaming on the platform suspiciously, were confronted by the Childline and Saathi volunteers.

And when they were not able to give a proper reply, they were shifted to Government Girls Shelter Home under the Juvenile Welfare Department, with the help of RPF personnel.

According to Abdul Raqeeb member of District Child Welfare Committee, the girls who were scared on Tuesday night divulged the details and their addresses on Wednesday.

“We immediately contacted their parent and handed over the girls to them after checking the authenticity,” he said.

The District Child Welfare Committee contacted the Joint Labour Commissioner in West Godavari district and efforts are on to book cases under Minimum Wages Act against the employers, said Mr. Raqeeb.

It is learnt that a number of girls from Odisha are already working in the hatcheries in West Godavari district and one among them was advised to bring a fresh batch from their village.

The girls were accompanied by a 25-year-old youth from the same village.


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