After the Prime Minister’s Office had asked the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to reopen the case of Pakistani boy Ramzan, 15, women and child development minister Maya Singh and officials from her department met him for the first time at the shelter home named Ummeed in Bhopal on Thursday.
HT had highlighted Ramzan’s stay in the shelter home and the state government’s alleged disinterest in repatriating the boy to his home country as none of the authorities in the state government apparently took steps in this regard.
Ramzan has been living at the shelter home in Bhopal where he was caught two years ago while on his way to Pakistan from Bangladesh after escaping from his abusive step-mother and father.
After meeting Maya Singh, Ramzan said, “I am happy that people are making efforts to send me back to Pakistan.”
The minister later, talked to director of Childline Bhopal Archana Sahay, who is taking care of Ramzan.
Talking to media, Singh said, “She will write a letter to minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj to take necessary legal steps.”
Meanwhile, director of ministry of external affairs (PAI division) C Sugandh Rajaram called up Sahay and asked for details related to Ramzan.
Pakistani human right activist Ansar Burney is also helping Ramzan’s mother Begum Razia to get a Pakistani identification card in a bid to get her son back.
Later, an official release issued by the state government stated, “Legal steps would be taken to send 15 year-old Ramzan, who came from Bangladesh to India and then Bhopal, to his mother in Pakistan.”