Guwahati: Suman Kamari, 4, and Kajal Kamari, 7, were discovered by the Jalukbari Police Station in the Maligaon Area while searching for their parents.
The girls were allegedly abandoned on the streets of Guwahati by their parents. On November 3rd, 2021, they were given over to Childline, a social services NGO.
Meanwhile, the NGO notified the police that both of the girls were later given refuge in Noonmati, Snehalaya, by the Children Welfare Committee.
According to accounts, the girls were subjected to domestic violence by their father, a violent alcoholic, for which their mother had already left him. The girls have not been able to identify their house or anything about their father, according to Snehalaya officials.
The issue of newborns and juveniles being abandoned in various parts of Assam has become a topic of concern in recent years. According to sources acquainted with the issue, the number of young people left on their own last year has witnessed a significant rise.
In Guwahati, Dibrugarh, and other locations, several cases of neonates less than a month old being abandoned have been documented. This year's number of instances is higher than in previous years.
The issue of abandoned children is becoming more serious, according to Father Lukose Cheruvalel of Snehalaya, a children's home, as the number of occurrences increases year after year. In Guwahati alone, almost 30 children were reported deserted in 2011. If more cases went unreported across the state, the number would be much higher.
Children who have been abandoned do not have to live in remote or rural areas. Children are increasingly being abandoned in urban regions and cities with a high level of education. Several incidences of mothers walking away after giving birth have been reported in the GMCH in Guwahati, a worrisome and unexpected trend. Adolescents and even very young toddlers have been abandoned in many instances.
Physically and intellectually challenged children are regularly discovered in a state of neglect, according to Father Lukose and many others familiar with the issue. Some of these children suffer from a variety of disabilities.