Separated by Fate, United by Aadhaar: How These Boys Found Their Way Home
All the boys were aged between 12 and 18 years, and they had been rescued from railway stations.
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Bengaluru: Three mentally challenged boys who had strayed away from their families will be reunited with their respective parents on Tuesday, all thanks to Aadhaar.
The case relates to an Aadhaar enrolment drive that happened at a government child welfare home in March, where officials had taken the biometrics of all the boys. However, they found they were not able to register and accord unique IDs to three of them as they already had registrations.
All the boys were aged between 12 and 18 years, and they had been rescued from railway stations, and taken to the state-run children's home in Bengaluru. One is from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, one from Chittoor in Andhra and the third hails from Jharkhand.
"In the case of the boy who had been named Monu by the children's home, we realised he was registered as Narendra in Indore. We got in touch with the family through district field officers and realised there was a missing complaint in May 2016. The father of the boy is coming to take him back," said an official with the UIDAI project.
Similarly, other families were traced through address details and were on their way to Bengaluru to take their boys home. Omprakash, from Ranchi, had been missing since April 2016, while Neelakanta, from Chittoor, had been missing from his village in Chittoor since 2014.
Aadhaar can perhaps help in cases of trafficking too in future, officials pointed out.
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