Dad dumps kids at New Delhi train station

Dad dumps kids at New Delhi train station

Three children - the eldest just seven years old - were abandoned by their father at a New Delhi railway station.

But they were reunited with their mother thanks to a Twitter appeal by a journalist who happened to see the children huddled together in a corner of one of the busiest railway stations in the country.

The father had left Rahnuma, seven, Raja, five, and Sanya, four, at the railway station after taking them out for a day, Mail Online reported.

He told the children their mother would come and get them. He then fled, leaving them cold, scared and hungry.

Mr Abhishek Shukla, 33, a journalist, spotted the children sleeping at one of the platforms.

Mr Shukla was at the station to see his parents off.

Concerned about their well-being, but not having time to speak to them, he took a photograph and posted it on Twitter with the message: "Can someone help these helpless kids at New Delhi Railway Station near platform 16 entrance."

The tweet went viral and local police chief Madhur Verman sent his officers to the scene.

When the children were eventually found, they were "crying uncontrollably" and too frightened and confused to tell officers how they got to the station, Indian television station NDTV reported.

HUNGRY & SCARED

Mr Verman said: "When officers arrived, they found the children had gone.

"Eventually after an hour, they were found hiding on another platform.

"They were cold, hungry and scared. When we arrived at the mother's house, she was asleep and said she had been working and had not been contacted by her ex-husband.

"As far as she was aware, the children were staying with him. We are now looking to question the man."

When Mr Shukla was told later that the children had been reunited with their mother, he took to Twitter to express his happiness.

He wrote: "Today morning, safely handed over to mother Ms Tabassum. (sic) They are happy."

It is estimated there are more than 11 million children in India who have been abandoned and who live on the streets.


This article was first published on March 25, 2015.
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