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19 Manipuri children rescued from Maharashtra
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 8:
Published on 9 Jun. 2011 1:01 AM IST
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After three years of separation from their parents, 19 children including six girls and 13 boys from Manipur’s Tamenglong district were brought back home by NGOs and Manipur government on Wednesday from Maharashtra.
The 19 children were among the 25 children who were rescued from Detheaba Children Home in Maharashtra’s Karjat district by officials of the Tamenglong Child Welfare Committee, Manipur Social Welfare Department and Indigenous Women and Children Foundation (IWCF).
However, the officials who brought the children said six children were still at the home in Maharashtra. They were not brought back because their parents are yet to approach to the authority concerned.
If they do so, necessary step to bring back the children will be taken up, they said asserting that the 19 children were rescued after their parents approached the authority.
Before handing over the children, medical check-up was conducted by two doctors. Doctors also observed that the children were suffering from malnutrition and needed medical attention.
They were taken away by persons who lured their parents and guardians with promises of good education sometime in 2007.
Tamenglong DC who attended the children handing over function assured the support of the district administration to rehabilitate the children.
The Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) who was also present assured that free education facilities will be given to the children.
Social Welfare director, Sheityabati, Imphal said that the 19 children were rescued following a series of awareness campaigns conducted by the Social Welfare Department conducted in Tamei, Tousem and Tamenglong sub-divisions in the month of January and February of this year.
Parents and guardians came and approached the authorities to save their children saying that they were lured with good education, Sheityabati asserted.
The Tamenglong Child Welfare Committee alleged that the children were sold by the traffickers after taking them to Maharashtra.
Child trafficking is another problem of the trouble ridden state, Manipur. The highest number of child-trafficking cases in Manipur was recorded in 2010 last year with as many as 139 children from the state found trafficked to other states in the name of giving free education and jobs.
There were cases of 97 trafficked children in 2009, 22 children in 2008 and only five children in 2007.
Among the districts in Manipur, Tamenglong is most affected by the child trafficking as most of the children rescued from various unregistered children homes in South India were from interior village of Tamenglong district.
The Manipur government has also decided to set up anti-human trafficking cell in all the districts, which has envisaged a greater role for police to keep check on children being smuggled out of the state.
Minors are being regularly trafficked out of the state to other metropolitan cities by frauds on the pretext providing free education. Poor parents, who cannot send their children to schools, willingly hand over their wards to the frauds.

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