A book focussing on the lives of runaway children, who make trains and platforms their homes, will be released at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) on Thursday on the occasion of Children’s Day.
The book — Rescuing Children from Railway Platforms — has been authored by Lalitha Iyer and Malcolm Harper. It is being launched jointly by city-based NGO Society for Assistance to Children in Difficult Situation (SATHI) and Vikasana, the student-run social service initiative of IIM-B.
The book will be released by the former Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and the former Additional Chief Secretary Chiranjeevi Singh. It underlines the practical and institutional concerns over the reunion of these runaway children with their families. It chronicles the challenges faced by SATHI in attempting to build relationships and engage with these children.
The event will include reunion of some rescued children with their families and narration of the experiences of these ‘railway children’. This will be followed by a discussion on the issue by eminent academics and social activists.