Beware of child abduction in India

"Madeleine Mccann"

Madeleine Mccann

India is a fun place but if your child is kidnapped all the fizz would just disappear from your life forever. If you happen to travel to India, you need to be careful with your children and keep an eye on them.

As a parent myself, I need to tell you about the child kidnapping industry in India. Tourists and Indian residents alike are venerable to child kidnapping. Although something like this can happen anywhere in the world as in the case of Madeleine Mccann. Madeleine Mccann was abducted by an unknown person on the evening of 3 May 2007 while holidaying with her parents in the Algarve of Portugal and has still not been found. Similarly, as a parent you too need to take utmost care of your child when holidaying in India.

Child kidnapping industry in India

"Child Abduction"

Missing children in India

About 11 children are kidnapped in India every hour of the day of which half of them are never found. Child trafficking is the third largest profitable industry of the world and India seems to be in the thick of it. India is not only the source, but a destination and transit point for this heinous crime.

Your guess to what happens to these abducted children is as good as mine. Please read them to understand why kidnapping of children takes place.

"Child camel jockeys"

Kidnapped children used as camel jockeys in Middle East

Why children are abducted

To be used as prostitutes; the biggest reasons for child abduction,

Child abuse and sexual exploitation,

Used as light weight camel jockeys in Arabic nations,

Organ trade and harvesting,

Ransom, as the Indian economy booms so does rise in child abduction,

A case of cannibalism has also been reported,

Human sacrifice to please the gods,

Used as forced labour, domestic servants, work in factories

Used as beggers by gangs after hands and legs are chopped off (read about beggars in India),

Child trafficking to international borders,

Forced into marriages,

Illegal adoption,

Medical trials; yes it does happen

Shipped and used as child soldiers in other countries to fight.

Kidnapping of your child is something that you must be careful of when travelling in India. The worst places for child kidnapping include;

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have the largest number of people trafficked. Trafficking is also high in Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Some child safety tips while in holidaying in India

Tell your children not to wander off,

Ask them not to talk to strangers,

Carry your child’s hair for DNA identification,

Don’t make them wear provocative clothing that may appear attractive older men,

Make sure your child knows their name and address, contacts in India,

Always keep an eye on your child,

If you are on the Indian Railways, make sure you don’t completely go to sleep. Many children are

kidnapped while both parents are sleeping. Watch the video below.

Instruct your child to “yell” when they think that they are being abducted. The Indian general public is very respondent in such matters. A crowd will quickly accumulate and might even beat the abductor.

A personal story

When I was a child of three years, me and my parents had gone to Kathmandu in neighbouring country of Nepal. Nepal is a beautiful country with identical culture and language. Indians often travel to Nepal for shopping and site seeing.

While my mum was shopping in a “saree shop”, I wandered out of the shop several meters away. I quickly realised that I was lost and did not know where my mum was. I started crying and some Nepalese students took me and started to take me to the police station. En route, I saw my dad in a road side garage getting his car fixed. I shouted out to him and came immediately. He asked the boys to give his child to him which they refused and took us all to the police station. There the matter was sorted and I was returned.

Now if I had been in the wrong hands of child kidnappers, I would have been easily been kidnapped and god knows what would have happened.

Moral of the story is, keep an eye on your child, and instruct them not to walk away from you, hold their hands all the time. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

A child being abducted on CCTV of Mumbai station

A man was caught abducting a small girl seen in a series of CCTV footages. You can see in this video that a man sits close to a sleeping family on the railway platform and then in a flash gets up and walks away with the child. It’s that easy. That is why you need to alert and cautious when travelling in India.

Beware of child abduction in India

This article is not to frighten or scare you away from India but to alert you that kidnapping and abduction of children do happen. Just be safe, child abduction does happen.

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18 Responses to “Beware of child abduction in India”

  1. Michael Belk says:

    There are alot of reasons why children are kidnapped, the chopping of limbs is the most cruel thing I have ever heard of.

  2. Shalu Sharma says:

    Hi Michael, this is a sad fact but it does happen. So visitors and residents alike needs to be extra cautious when travelling.
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  3. Ehsan says:

    Child kidnapping is something which happens not only in India, but also on any other countries because of many reasons which you mentioned on your post.
    Taking care of a child is must do when traveling to India and Pakistan etc.
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  4. sutha says:

    It makes India not save country for traveling with a child..One thing that I afraid about child abduction is about organ trade and harvesting, how evil who do like this..
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  5. Hi Shalu Ji…

    Its a sudden move in your topic from visiting places to ‘a Sensitive Topic’……

    Well you are doing your social responsibility with great dedication by highlight such a sensitive topic…..

    Thanks for reminding us about this diseases…..I’ll take care of my daughter more…
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    • Shalu says:

      Hello Sandeep, I feel that this story had to be told. Child abduction is a sad reality and happens when holidaying and travelling. So we just need to be careful. Thanks for your comment.
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  6. Bryan says:

    Hi Shalu
    nice post . you are lucky that you found some good school students, many are not that lucky. I too saw the footage of kidnap from railway station where the guy took the child to Haridwar.
    All we can do is take extra care of our children, while we go out
    thanks for sharing this
    Bryan

  7. Megha Sarin says:

    WOW! This is a great post. Like your effort and time. Appreciate it! Keep it up

    love
    http://www.meghasarin.blogspot.com
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  8. Yeremi Akpan says:

    This is quite pathetic. :(

    It bleeds my heart to see how man’s inhumanity to man is making the world a stranger place…
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  9. Khabza says:

    What a sensitive article more as especial the parents
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  10. The lady in the video seems to be hard of hearing because she is yelling the whole time. She reminds me of a broadcaster here in the States named Nancy Grace. Horrible that humans are capable of such crimes. How low would you have had to sink to do something like that?

  11. Joe says:

    Excellent post about a very sad reality. Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

  12. BJ says:

    Madeleine Mccann’s story is truly a heartbreaking one. I haven’t got children yet but please, to all parents traveling either to India or anywhere overseas, don’t lose sight of your children – at all – for even a moment. Protect them, please!

  13. defense says:

    Gustavo Zamora, a former ranger , recovering abducted children is a thief, he robbed people and have them deported with his wife being a cia agent, so they accept your money, do not recover your child and have you reported and or deported. Gustavo Zamora was involved in a death during one of his so called a recovery without violence.

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