Beware of child abduction in India

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.

India for kids

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.

Child abduction – Real story with English subtitles 

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.

12 thoughts on “Beware of child abduction in India”

  1. 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!

  2. Hi folks!!
    Goa is also one of hub for child abduction as so many tourist visits frm all over the world, especially take care of your small children at Baga , kalangut beach which are more crowded , I have seen three females abducting a small baby girl at Baga beach even inform to helpline 100 but I didn’t got any help frm police , I told them I hv suspect but no one turned up and sm more ppl came by car and had very hitting argument with me and took the baby girl in front of my eyes. And most of the parent thought they must have droved in sea and launched same complaint in police station. Adv. Anu Galange

  3. Nowadays children are kidnapped in railways .In order to avoid kidnap children should be safe and protection in the hands of parents

  4. I keep seeing this same post, from an abductor and Troll, calling himself Defense? There are people wo keep writing false post in order to keep the children they have abducted and keep us from coming after them, beware.

  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…

    • 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.

  6. 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

  7. Good Comment.

    I grew up by eating in any one’s home, would always take lift from a stranger up until 2nd year engineering to save on Gas.

    We have economic progress , in the form material, but…safety , compassion, trust, working relationship, sense of community are all down the drain…


  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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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