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11 Street Kids Rescued, Sent To Children’s Home | Surat

Surat: Eleven children in the age groups of 6 to 17 years found begging on the city streets were rescued on Thursday and admitted to the children’s home till they can complete their school education.
In a special drive, teams of the city police’s Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), district child protection unit (DCPU) and volunteers of two NGOs, Child Line and Friends For Women and Children (FFWC), took these poor children off the streets but did not register FIRs against their parents or guardians and instead convinced them to send their wards to the home for the kids’ better future.
“The parents are in bad financial condition as it is and an FIR on top of it will be an additional pain on them. On the other side, we focused on rehabilitating these underprivileged children so that they get education and shelter,” Ajay Tomar, city police commissioner, told TOI.
The children were rescued from Athwa, Railway Station and Katargam area where majority of children live and beg. However, no detailed survey of the children living on the road was done before initiating the rehabilitation drive.
“We convinced the elders that if the child lives in a children home his life will improve. Parents can meet the children at regular intervals but we will try to ensure that the children stay here for a few years,” said Bishakha Jain, ACP, AHTU.
Police will encourage the children to stay for a long period by introducing them to those who have lived in children’s homes in the past and now settled in their life.
“DCPU officials joined the drive to rescue children from two routes planned,” said Jignesh Chaudhary, district social defence officer.
“Initially, it looked like the parents would protest but after proper counselling they agreed to send their wards to the children’s home. Few orphaned children were living with their relatives,” said Piyush Shah, coordinator of FFWC.
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