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Children reunited with parents
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 20:
Published on 21 Feb. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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Parents broke down Saturday on hearing the ordeal related by their children who were victims of child trafficking. Altogether 55 children from Manipur including one girl were rescued from two unregistered children homes in Chennai and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and brought back to Imphal Friday. The children were handed over to their parents in the presence of local MLA of Tousem, Awangbo Newmai on Saturday. The 55 were among 76 children from Manipur and Assam rescued after being allegedly forced into child labour in Tamil Nadu. Among the 55 children, 52 were from different villages of interior Tousem sub-division of Tamenglong district while three of them were from Leipung Tampak of interior Chandel district. The Manipur Child Welfare Council handed over the children to their respective families on Saturday at about 9 am after medical check up were conducted on their health at the state run children observation home at Takyelpat in Imphal west. Doctors who examined the children suggested signs of ill-treatment and torture towards them. Some of them were infected with minor diseases but not of serious one. Thani, mother of two rescued children broke down on hearing the ordeal related by her two sons. She was not happy with the false promise made by those who took away her children and said they (the traffickers) assured her of imparting quality education to her two sons in a children’s home in Chennai. “I am not happy with them for making false promises and forced my sons to work at the home they were lodged,” the 37-year old Thani with tears in her eyes told this correspondent. Earlier, the two children said that they were forced to work in the children’s home. They were engaged in cleaning toilets and no proper food was provided. They said they were ill-treated most of the time and even beaten up with sticks. Thani said she had sent her children thinking that they would live better life there as she could not send them to school for studies. Her sons were among the 52 children from the villages of Tousem sub-division of Tamenglong district who were taken away by one N. Poul in 2006. The mother of the only girl hailing from Chandel also was disheartened on hearing the sufferings her daughter went through. Her daughter was taken away by one Lotus alias Ester who is working at a private company in Lucknow. “My daughter was taken away in July last year saying that she (Lotus) would take responsibility of educating my daughter,” she said. Meanwhile, a report from Tamenlong said that a meeting organised by Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Tousem sub-division Saturday discussed on the trafficking of children of the area by those who pretend themselves to be religious activists.

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