Ten days after four inmates of Snehalaya — a shelter home for poor children — ran away from the home, the children remain untraced still. The four children belong to migrant families from Uttar Pradesh, who are presently living in Chandigarh.They sent them to Snehalaya, which looks after children of parents who do not have the means to send them to school or feed them.
The police said they checked if the four, all boys between 12 and 15 years of age, might have gone back to their families, but that was not the case. SHO Maloya Ram Rattan said, “We think these boys might have gone back to their hometown in Uttar Pradesh (UP). We have informed the UP police about the missing inmates of the home who will be trying to trace them.”
Devi Sirohi, chairperson of the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCC), said, “We cannot disclose the identity of the children but they are basically from poor families living in the periphery areas. These children are being brought up by their mothers and do not have a male member in their families. We have no information on the source of income of these families.”
Five juveniles ran away from Snehalaya on September 28. Of the five, one returned on the same day. Director social welfare (DSW) Nishu Singhal was unavailable for comment despite repeated efforts to contact her. There are around 270 children staying at the shelter home run by Chandigarh Administration. In the inspection carried out by the CPCC in June this year after the escape of four juveniles lack of proper infrastructure and recreational activities were pointed out