The three 14-year-old girls who ran away from their homes in Kochi two weeks ago will be brought back to the city on Tuesday.

According to officials of the Kerala Child Welfare Committee, a team of Karnataka Child Welfare Committee (CWC) volunteers and Karnataka cops along with the three girls started from Bangalore railway station by the Bangalore-Kanyakumari Express on Monday evening.

On reaching here, the team will hand over the girls to the Kerala CWC officials, who in turn, will collect statements from them on the conditions and issues that forced them to run away from their homes. “We may also inquire whether they would like to return to their homes or not and will decide on lodging them in shelter homes based on their response,” a CWC official said.

The teens, who had gone missing from Kochi on May 28, were later traced at the Hubli railway station on May 30. The children were found by the Railway Protection Force in Hubli after the city police circulated their images to police stations across the country. Police said that the girls had run away from home, but did not clarify the reason behind their decision to leave.

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