Caught between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Mohammad Ramzan, who is staying at a shelter home in Bhopal was shocked when Mohd Kazol, his father residing in Bangladesh, refused to extend any help to him to return to Pakistan.
Rather, he scolded Ramzan, when Childline traced Kazol’s phone number and arranged for their conversation a couple of days back.
“My father didn’t show any sign of joy or excitement while talking to me over phone. When I asked my father if he missed me, he didn’t say anything. He said if I want to go Pakistan, I can go there but he will not make any effort in this regard. My father has no time for me and doesn’t want to see me again,” said Ramzan.
Childline Bhopal asked Kazol if he had legal documents like passport, etc of Ramzan which could help him go to Pakistan but Kazol replied in the negative.
Pakistan’s social welfare department would initiate a process to allow Ramzan to enter Pakistan if Ramzan’s father or mother could show legal documents to them regarding Ramzan’s presence in Pakistan five years ago.
Ramzan’s mother has shown some photographs to the authorities in Karachi as a proof that Ramzan belongs to them. Ramzan is seen in the photograph with the family but she doesn’t have any legal document like passport, ration card etc. to substantiate her claim.
When contacted, Child Protection Unit (CPU), Karachi (Pakistan) coordinator Aamir Murtaza told HT from Karachi over phone, “Ramzan’s family is a refugee family from Bangladesh. Barring photographs of Ramzan, his mother doesn’t have any proof that Ramzan is his son. We are sure that Ramzan is son of Begum Razia (Ramzan’s mother) but we need some legal documents too.”
Childline director Archana Sahay said, “Ramzan’s mother told us that Ramzan’s father has his passport, so we contacted him. But he bluntly refused to cooperate with us. Ramzan’s father has not lodged any report with the police in Bangladesh so far regarding his going missing. Instead, he said he had lost all the identity proofs of Ramzan and said he was a poor man and couldn’t do anything for Ramzan,” said Sahay.
“We have written a letter to ministry of external affairs (MEA) with all proofs and have narrated all the happenings including our correspondence with social welfare department,” she added.
Ramzan’s wait for a talk with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is known as Mama of children in the state is not over yet.
“I am expecting an Eidi (a gift on the occasion of Eid by elders) from the chief minister in the form of any step in sending me back to my mother’s home in Pakistan. I hope that Mama (Chouhan) would reunite me with my mother,” Ramzan said.
After Mohd Kazol shifted to Bangladesh and remarried, Ramzan was tortured by his stepmother, after which he fled and crossed border to India. Finding ways to return to his mother in Pakistan, he was caught by Delhi police handed over to Childline.