Kidnapped boy unites with parents after 6 yrs

Kidnapped boy unites with parents after 6 yrs

Kidnapped boy unites with parents after 6 yrs
Abducted Delhi boy Sonu, who was taken to Bangladesh by his kidnappers six years ago, returned home on Thursday following intervention by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The 12-year-old was found in a child rehabilitation centre in Jessore and was handed over to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka three days ago by the local authorities. On his return, Sonu and his parents met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The boy went missing from outside his East Delhi home in 2010. A case of kidnapping was filed and the police searched for three years before closing the case in 2013 in the absence of any breakthrough. The details of how Sonu landed in a child rehabilitation centre in Bangladesh are still not clear, but recently a person from Jessore contacted Sonu’s father in Delhi informing him about his son.

The family then contacted the ministry, which in turn got in touch with Bangladesh authorities. A DNA test was conducted to ascertain Sonu’s parental lineage.

Once the DNA test results were found positive, Bangladesh authorities completed the legal formalities and handed over Sonu to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka. Sushma had personally instructed officials to reunite the boy with his parents.

“Sonu, who was kidnapped from Delhi was found in a shelter home in Bangladesh. We matched the DNA with his mother. The test is positive,” she had said on Tuesday.

“I have found my son and I am very happy now. I would like to thank Sushma Swaraj ji,” said Sonu’s father Mehboob.

After Geeta and Gurprit cases, this is the third example of homecoming of a stranded Indian.
In the first case, a deaf-and-dumb girl, who spent several years in a shelter in Pakistan, was brought back, while in the second case, a woman and her seven-year-old daughter were brought to India after they were rescued from a German refugee camp where they were kept by the woman’s in-laws.
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