Plea to protect welfare of street children

Plea to protect welfare of street children Special Correspondent

PUDUCHERRY: A Puducherry-based non-governmental organisation on Wednesday stressed the need for promoting the welfare of street children, besides ensuring that they were not subjected to abuse by tourists.

Project director of ‘Santosha Nanban’ Dorothy Mary told reporters here that around 700 families were living on the streets in different parts of Puducherry. Most of the children belonging to these families were forced into begging, she said.

80 per cent locals

Around 80 per cent of the street children belonged to Union Territory and the rest were run away children from other parts of the country, she said.

Replying to queries, she said the government should keep a vigil on the activities of “unlicensed homes for children” in the town.

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