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Rise In Kidnappings In India

Rise In Kidnappings In India

August 20, 2011

The heart breaking story of the kidnappings of children in India and then more often than not their brutal killing.

As a parent this story makes my toes literally curl; it is the heart breaking story of the kidnapping and then the brutal killing of seven and half year old Yash Lakhotia, where his body was dumped among bushes near the waterfront in Howrah, Kolkata's twin city. Little Anil is just another victim of India’s thriving kidnap industry which targets middle class children; where parents live in fear.

As the country's economy booms and millions make the leap from poverty to the ranks of the new middle class, there has been a rise in kidnapping for ransom. I guess there is always a price to pay for emerging economies. Insurers now rank India as the fifth most dangerous country in the world for kidnapping, with one US firm warning this June that westerners should now also consider themselves targets.

India's National Human Rights Commission estimated that 60,000 children go missing nationwide every year and unfortunately no less than a third are found. Some of the victims are taken to work in factories or end up as beggars. Figures from Delhi police show that kidnap for ransom is on the increase. In 2008, there were 1,233 cases in the capital; last year that figure had soared to 2,975 and in the first three months of 2011, 802 cases were registered. The Indian police are often too slow to react and the perpetrators often panic, killing their captives

There were two cases of boys being taken in Delhi in December 2010, with ransom demands of £20,000 and £1,300. Both victims were killed. Then in January 2011 there was another one with the boy killed because his father would not pay the £545 ransom. Even those who pay have no guarantee of seeing their children again. In December, five-year-old Khushpreet Singh Khushi was kidnapped near Chandigarh. His parents paid 400,000 rupees (£5,455) as a ransom...his body was recovered in January.

Occasionally, just occasionally India's kidnapping cases do have a happy ending. This April, in Delhi 18-month-old Ishaan Singh was rescued from a gang hoping to secure 20 million rupees (£270,000) ransom from his family.

However, for too many parents, all that is left of their children are painful memories just like Yash Lakhotia; his parents Anita and Anil Lakhotia are left destroyed. Yash's father has said, "I can't imagine how scared he was when it happened to him, and I was not there for him. Everyone wants to protect their child, but we were helpless. You can't protect them all the time. You have to let them go out. I suddenly realised it was a case of kidnapping and thought we would just have to pay the ransom and get him back.” It was never to be. 

7 Comments

  • Sangeeta Haindl
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    Sangeeta Haindl
    12.09.11 10:24 PM
    @PJ - I can understand your emotions and feelings...I think when it is crime that involves children it is always particularly emotive and hard.

    However, I think this has to be dealt with by the police and the authorities so that there are effective and strong laws against this type of crime.
  • mono
    By
    mono
    12.09.11 05:46 PM
    KIDNAP TOH HOGA HI..
    AMIR BANOGE DUSRE KE PAISE LOOTKAR..USKO CHEAT KARKE...DABA KE..MARKE
    TOH DUSRE LOG TOH TUMHE AISE HI NAHIN JANE DENGE..
    THIS ALL STEM FROM THE PEOPLE WHO CHEAT ..
    AND MAY GOD BLESS US BY GIVING THEM THE THE SAME HORRIBLE TIMES..
  • PJ
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    PJ
    07.09.11 12:04 AM
    I think that the best way to deal with this is by teaming up as a nation and cracking down on the gangs coz the police won't do much!!! I am a NRI and I personally want to do something about this. If this means, actually coming into contact with the gangs and then exposing them with the help of media. As dangerous and unworthy as it sounds, it's scary to think that my kids can be victims of this too one day!
  • Sangeeta Haindl
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    Sangeeta Haindl
    24.08.11 12:35 PM
    @Siddharth - When I was 14 my parents immigrated to India because they saw India as a place of values and where to raise a family. In many ways it is still that, though now with more risks and social demons. I am really not sure what the answers are...India is meant to be one of the most spiritual county's in the world, yet right now due to emerging wealth and technology it is becoming deprived. There needs to be more accountability. May be starting with and corruption will help.
  • Sangeeta Haindl
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    Sangeeta Haindl
    24.08.11 12:30 PM
    @Shaan Haider - You are right...it is an organised business, though crucially it is organised crime. Bihar and in the state of UP - have always been notorious for crime and some how nothing has changed here. Why? Do you know? Is it because of corruption and severe poverty?
  • Siddharth
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    Siddharth
    23.08.11 06:12 PM
    It makes me angry and sad but the truth is that India is getting less and less safe everyday, especially for women and children. what use is this emerging economy if we can't protect our women and children.
  • Shaan Haider
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    Shaan Haider
    23.08.11 04:06 PM
    Kidnapping is just like an organised business here in India, specially in Bihar and UP....Its just too sad

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