NEW DELHI – A 2 months old baby was pulled away from the arms of its sleeping mother at the Dadar metro stations, one of the busiest undergrounds in Mumbai, India.
The 35 year old woman had a fight with her husband hours before the kidnapping. She grabbed her daughter and her son and walked out. Not having a place to stay, the mother nestled in at the Dadar train station, where she and her children fell asleep.
While the trio is sleeping, a security camera at the station records an unknown male in white shirt and black pants who goes to sit down next to the sleeping mother.
After a few minutes, the man takes 2 months old Salman from his mother’s arms. The man briefly cuddles Salman, stands up and disappears in the crowd with the newborn.
Despite the footage, neither the kidnapper nor the baby have been found.
Police officer Ravinder Dalvi says: “We’re still busy investigating but it looks like the man and the baby left the city. Still, we are hopeful that the boy can be reunited with his family.”
Each year almost 90,000 children disappear in India. Most of them are kidnapped by gangs who force the children into prostitution.
Bad police work, combined with outdated laws, give these gangs free reign.
Bhuwan Ribhu, a human rights activists says: “Every missing child in India is a kidnapped child and somewhere someone is holding him or her illegally. Police are doing nothing to find and rescue the children.”