Childline Ummeed in Bhopal had to call the police on Sunday when a Pakistan woman allegedly tried to force the officials to allow her a meeting with a Pakistan boy, who is lodged in the shelter for the past two years.
Childline officials said that Sadrunnisha, 65, resident of Karachi in Pakistan, came along a group of people, including media persons and forced them to allow a meeting with the boy, Ramzan, without following a protocol.
It is the discretion of the Childline who to allow a meeting with the boy since he is in its custody since two years, an official said.
However, Sadrunnisha, who was born in Bhopal and then married to a man in Pakistan, insisted that she had all the right to meet the boy, who was languishing in the shelter for the past two years.
The high drama ended after 30 minutes when the Childline called the Ayodhya Nagar police for help.
Ramzan, 15, a resident of Moosa Colony in Karachi, was separated from his mother Razia Begum when he was 10 after his father Mohammad Kazol took him to Bangladesh and married another woman. However, from there he escaped to India after an alleged torture by his stepmother.
Childline officials said he slipped into Ranchi and then to Mumbai, New Delhi, and finally landed in Bhopal where he was found by Childline and has been under its care ever since.
Sadrunnisha told media persons that back in Karachi Ramzan’s mother told her about him. She happened to visit some relatives in Bhopal and planned to meet Ramzan too.
“I wanted to meet him. I brought sweets and chocolates for him but I was not allowed to meet. I was told that Ramzan went somewhere, despite the fact that he was at shelter home. If anybody, who could help Ramzan to reunite his mother, wants to meet him, he or she should be allowed to meet him. I can help him,” she said and added that she would convince his mother to visit India and take her son back home.
However, Childline director Archna Sahay said the woman came to the shelter with a group of media persons, “This is not the way to meet. Her intention was clear i.e. media attention. If she was really concerned, she should have given prior information about her visit. I was informed by some media persons that a maternal aunt of Ramzan was coming to meet him. I was surprised to hear as I had no any such information. She should have not misguided media, also.”