Boys Missing From Bal Ashram, Parents Kept In Dark

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Srinagar, Sep 23: A 12-year-old boy is missing from a government-run Bal Ashram (Refuge For Children) in Handwara for the past month, with authorities failing to inform the parents all this while.
Abdul Hameed of the remote Hatki Kote village in the frontier Kupwara district came to know of his son’s disappearance only three days ago when he was called to the Ashram to receive a cheque for his child.

Having dropped young Ishfaq Ahmad off at the residential school, functioning under the Social Welfare Department, barely four weeks ago after Eid holidays, Hameed was stunned to learn that his son was missing.

“The authorities did not bother to contact me,” he says. “How could they have been so criminally negligent in such a grave matter? All that they told me now was that he had disappeared.”

“Why did they not inform me for nearly a month?” asks the frantic father.

Authorities did not tell him whether they had taken any steps to trace the boy.

A missing persons report has been registered in the Handwara police station.Observer News Service

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