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Boy flees Bangladesh for Pak to meet mother, lands in Bhopal

Harassed by his stepmother and neglected by his father in Bangladesh, Mohd Ramzan left his home and crossed over to India to reach Pakistan. But he was caught by police in Bhopal and taken to a shelter home there. He wants to go to Pakistan to meet his mother.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2017 12:45 IST
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Mohammad Ramzan (Centre) at the Childline shelter home in Bhopal. Ramzan fled Bangladesh where he lived with his father to reach Pakistan to meet his mother. He was caught by police in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT Photo)

Mohd Ramzan, 15, is not lucky enough to find a real ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’, who could unite him with his mother in Pakistan.

Harassed by his stepmother and neglected by his father in Bangladesh, Ramzan left his home and crossed over to India as he was advised by friends that he would be required to cross the border and reach Pakistan via India to see his mother.

Ramzan was separated from his mother at an early age of 10 when his father Mohammad Kazol took him to Bangladesh and remarried. Tortured by his stepmother, whom his father supported, Ramzan crossed borders to India, passed through Ranchi, Mumbai, New Delhi and landed in Bhopal. HT found him at Ummeed, a shelter home where he said he wished to return to Pakistan.

Ramzan said, “I come from Moosa Colony, Karachi. When I was 10 years old, my father left my mother Begum Razia and moved to Bangladesh. My father Mohammad Kazol shifted to Chhoblakandi Mathabanga, Bangladesh and remarried a woman. My stepmother used to incite my father into beating me up by making fake allegations of stealing against me. After spending some months like this, I left my home and reached Comilla. After wandering for some days in the district, I made some friends who suggested if I wanted to meet my mother in Pakistan, I should pass through India because it is a shortcut to reach Pakistan.

“I came to India from Comilla in a boat two-and-a half years ago. I went to Ranchi, then Mumbai and Delhi. I spent few days at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi. I had boarded a train to go to Kolkata but police caught me at Bhopal station and handed me over to Childline. From then onwards, I have been waiting for the day when I will go home. My grandmother also lives in Karachi. I really miss them,” he added.

Mohd Ramzan says he wants to go back to Pakistan to meet his mother. (HT Photo)

Director of Childline and Umeed, Archana Sahay said, "When Ramzan came to the shelter home in October 2013, he informed us that he had come from Ranchi. After a few days, we prepared identity cards of home inmates. Ramzan asked a boy what that was. The boy informed him that it was a proof that they belonged to this place. It was then that Ramzan told the boy that he was not from India but Pakistan. The boy immediately informed the caretaker about it."

"We have informed all the concerning authorities from Intelligence bureau to Child Welfare Committee (CWC) about him. After inquiring, we found that his story is genuine. Being an NGO, we can’t contact the embassy directly, so we moved to CWC in Bhopal to take up his case with authorities concerned," added Sahay.

CWC chairperson KS Dubey said, "We have written a letter to Bangladesh embassy a few days ago. We have sent all the details about the child because it is only the embassy which can initiate the process of sending him back."

First Published: Sep 07, 2015 19:14 IST