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Father pledge two sons to shepherd for money in Pratapgarh

‘Boys return after Childline intervene’

Udaipur : Life became miserable for two kids in Pratapgarh village after their mother left them for another man and their father pledged them to a shepherd in lieu of money. Thanks to the alertness of their school principal who noticed their absence from school and followed up the case till the kids were brought back home. The children are 8 and 10 year old.

The incident happened in Kataro ka Kheda village of Semalia Panchayat in Pipalkhoont of Pratapgarh district. The boys read in a government school in the village and had been absent for over a month. The school Principal Shiv Bhagwan visited their home to inquire about their well being. The boys father lied that the kids had gone to their relatives home for some days but the teacher suspected foul and reported the case to the child line. The child line team deployed sources to find out the truth and later it was known that the children’s mother had went to live with some other man under the tribal ‘Nata’ custom five months ago and unable to look after them, their father pledged them to a shepherd who took them to work in Shajapur of MadhyaPradesh. With the help of the police, the shepherd was traced and warned to send back the kids home.

After a month long exercise, the kids returned on Tuesday and reported to school the next day. Sources claimed that the father had taken 20 thousand rupees from the shepherd and given the children to rear cattle of the shepherd. The kids were made to walk many kilometers a day bare footed and worked very hard. They were given little to eat and even beaten up on several occasions.

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