A harrowing experience for migrant mother and child

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A mob of self-appointed cops detains them

Eight-year-old Ammu (name changed) was ‘orphaned’ for about three hours on Wednesday despite being in the company of her mother.

The drama started unfolding when the child and her 39-year-old mother, a migrant from Karnataka, landed at the North Paravur bus stand around 11 a.m.

Ammu said something, which drew her mother’s rebuke and a slap. Before they knew it, they were surrounded by a mob of self-appointed cops. Since the child had spoken fluent Malayalam unlike the mother, they immediately came to the conclusion that the migrant woman could not be her mother and that the child was probably kidnapped.

So they were detained and the police were called. It, however, didn’t take the police long to confirm that they were indeed mother and daughter. All through, the anxious child kept insisting that the woman was indeed her mother.

“The woman and her family had migrated to Kerala almost two decades ago and were now settled in Changanassery. The girl was her youngest daughter and speaks fluent Malayalam since she was brought up here. This gave people the impression that something was fishy,” R. Regeesh Kumar, Sub Inspector of North Paravur, told The Hindu.

The woman had her two children put up at Balabhavan in Aluva and another child at Kakkanad Children’s home. The mother and daughter were returning to Changanassery after visiting the children at Balabhavan when they lost their way and ended up at North Paravur.

The police contacted the Child Welfare Committee and child care institutes where the woman’s children were lodged and let the mother and daughter leave around 2 p.m.

However, long after they had gone, a picture of the child continued to do the rounds on social media with a message to share it to reunite her with her parents!

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