Child Trafficking in Attappady: Close to 2000 Adivasi Children in Orphanages.

published on June 27, 2014
A sizable portion of Adivasi children from Attappady are allegedly being smuggled into various orphanages. According to the latest reports, an approximate of 2000 children, belonging to various scheduled castes is now spread across various orphanages in the state.

Sources indicate that these children reach the orphanages as part of a commissioned move- child trafficking, which has been going on since ages, by beguiling the Depart of Scheduled tribes and ITDP. Reports state that children are brought in this way from places like Thrissur, Chalakkudi, Kollam, Paarippilli, Guruvayur, Brahmakulam, Mattom, Kunnamkulam etc, by luring parents/ guardians with a whole lot of false promises and enticing them with baubles.

It is also reported that many children have returned to Attappady, citing a whole lot of reasons. The lack of government facilities in providing for education is yet another reason why parents send children to such organizations.

There are reportedly no rules and regulations involved in ferrying these children across to various orphanages, even though things were on a stringent plane earlier.

An inquiry has stated that the mental framework of many children stand on a delicate balance, with most of them showing signs of psychological delirium. Parents are said to keep mum on any disturbing matter, owing to fear. However, not a single department has shown inkling towards conducting an inquiry into the matter.

The organizations that take these children are said to be misusing their presence by showing their plight to the outside world to avail funds and make money.

The government is allegedly indifferent to the plight of the present condition of these children and their future as well. Reports also say that the government index containing details of the scheduled tribes of Attappady is around 14 years old, with no signs of renewal in the immediate future. Even though the recent census project of three crores from AHADS has been implemented, it is yet to see daylight.

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