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Caramello May 24th, 2017 04:53

Child abduction - is this scaremongering?
Somebody passed this link onto me, highlighting the information of dangers in trains. My instinct is that it is scaremongering nonsense and that the risk is overstated in the article. In particular the advice about never going to sleep is, I hope, misguided.

Has anybody any comments on this?
"If you are on the Indian Railways, make sure you donít completely go to sleep. Many children are
kidnapped while both parents are sleeping".

capt_mahajan May 24th, 2017 06:29

Without stats it is impossible to comment on the claim of many children being kidnapped.

But the piece is poorly written and does not inspire confidence (rambling, talking about Portugal and Nepal and linking to one CCTV thing in Bombay, it appears to be more a lazy blog than a well researched article anyway). My sense is that these incidents are far from widespread but do happen- and happen much more with unaccompanied children or teenagers who have run away from home, same as elsewhere in the world.

All of which doesn't help you if it is your child on the line. So be careful with small children, but don't lose any sleep in the train or out of it, is my advice.

edwardseco May 24th, 2017 10:10

It appears to have existed in Bengal at least. The only time I was chided by my beloved Mother in law was when I turned my back to my infant shona baba on an otherwise deserted rail platform. There are also quite a number of news reports that I see and pass by to that effect:(. As a percentage who knows? But, there are raids that disclose children sometimes waiting for years to be "adopted". The child market is lively and you might try for that. Yes, this happens in the US too sometimes involving killing the mother and cutting the baby out of the womb..

jituyadav May 24th, 2017 11:23

Though it happens sometimes like any other crimes, child theft is still a rare thing, it is however highly unlikely with a foreigner kid, very unsafe and attention grabbing crime. Moreover, where will they sell the kid, it will be an instant give away, not something anyone will attempt.

Golghar May 24th, 2017 11:24

My earliest memories include being warned of the lakarsungha.

It's all very Kiplingesque!

Caramello May 24th, 2017 14:35

Thanks for your replies. After reading these, and some discussion, I am concluding that whilst it does happen, and is one of most terrifying things to imagine, it is very rare; and we would be very low risk in any case.
Thanks again.

ananda2193 May 24th, 2017 21:42

I would think a girl would be the target not a boy if it were to happen to a foreigner unless it was for organ harvesting like was mentioned above.

edwardseco May 25th, 2017 11:44

Boys would be better for amputating their limbs so they can hobble on the stumps back down face up. Boy, did my spouse give it to me for making a donation:(. What a melancholic mood I am in tonight..

atala May 25th, 2017 23:36

In this context:

In Spain, A Criminal Ring Of Nuns And Doctors Stole Hundreds Of Thousands Of Babies

Throughout much of 20th century Spain, a criminal network of doctors and nuns stole anywhere from 40,000 to 300,000 babies from their mothers at birth, constituting one of the most horrific yet least known events of the Franco dictatorship.

P.S. The second worst part of it: Any criminal investigation and / or indictment is suppressed, even still today.

edwardseco May 26th, 2017 00:31

I am sure it has happened elsewhere as well. Argentina has that in their history. It boils down to the inevitable market. Illegal, it just goes underground and far more cruel..

Nick-H May 26th, 2017 00:55

Add in the British orphans shipped abroad in the fifties. Damn... that could have been me [shock]

edwardseco May 26th, 2017 08:42

Or during the war because of the bombing fears to families willing to accept them in Australia, etc. Turns out that in quite a number of cases there was a darker reason for doing so..

Nick-H May 26th, 2017 14:33

Yes, I'm confusing the two things. Evacuees as well as orphans and us results of unwed teenage pregnancy.

edwardseco May 27th, 2017 00:37

Or we all are..

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