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?Bush Aunty? visits homeless children

She might be the First Lady of the world?s most powerful nation, but for 11-year-old Pinki, she is ?Bush Aunty?. She was also addressed by other titles ?Didi Sir? and ?Rani Madam? during her visit to the Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 12:03 IST

She might be the First Lady of the world’s most powerful nation, but for 11-year-old Pinki, she is ‘Bush Aunty’. She was also addressed by other titles ‘Didi Sir’ and ‘Rani Madam’ during her visit to the Prayas Institute of Juvenile Justice, on Thursday.

In colourful Rajasthani clothes, residents of child shelter, Prayas, gave a traditional welcome to ‘Bush Aunty’. The children from the Nat community entertained Laura Bush first with a kachchi ghodi dance and then by traditional folk songs.

The grand finale was a folkdance on a chaupal specially created for the occasion. “I asked Bush Aunty if children in the US get to go to school,” said Elaichi. While Meenakshi wanted to know if human trafficking was an area of concern in America.

During a ‘round-table conference’ with these children, the First Lady said, “Problems like children dropping out of school, child abuse and trafficking are faced in the US too. The US government rescues and rehabilitates these children.”

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 12:03 IST