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A new chapter starts

For the past six months Rajan Singh has been trying to contact his parents but hasn’t succeeded.

delhi Updated: Mar 07, 2009 22:28 IST
Neelam Pandey

For the past six months Rajan Singh has been trying to contact his parents but hasn’t succeeded.

The 17 year old finally got an opportunity to reach out to his parents on Saturday through his singing. He was part of a
cultural progamme organised by the authorities at Kingsway Camp Observation Home for Boys to showcase talent of the juvenile inmates.

“I am hoping that the programme will be covered on television and newspapers and maybe my mother will be able to see me and contact me. I’ve kept my fingers crossed,” said the 17 year old.

Singh had run away from his home in Madhya Pradesh after an argument with his family last year in August.

“I stole some money to get back to my family. The department is not able to contact my family as they have shifted from our house.I would have been released three months back but now I am stuck here,” added Patkar.

There are nearly 60 such juveniles who have been kept in this rehabilitation home run by the social department of the Delhi government. The inmates, mostly in the age group of 10-17 years, are destitute children brought in by the police or NGOs.

The inmates are taught stitching, sewing, painting and are also trained in singing at the observation home. Some of the juveniles have also enrolled in school of open learning.

“We try to restore most of the inmates within a period of three months but sometimes we are not able to trace their families and hence they have to stay here,” said S.K. Srivastava, Superintendent/Child Development Project Officer, Department of Social Welfare, Delhi.