rfi

On air
  • RFI English Live
  • RFI French Live
International report
rss itunes

Street children in India's city Mumbai - part 1

By Murali Krishnan

The big cities of India, especially the commercial capital Mumbai, continue to be a major attraction for runaway kids.

Many factors such as domestic abuse, a cruel stepmother, failed examinations or just the appeal of the metropolis have been the lure for kids to take the risky journey after fleeing home, mostly from the rural outback.

For most runaway kids, railway stations are the first stop.

If they are lucky, some are traced and reunited with their families.

But many fall into bad company and are forced into bonded labor, sometimes into drug-trafficking, or other perilous activities since they are vulnerable and need to survive.

In the first of a two-part series, correspondent Murali Krishnan travels to Mumbai to look at how these kids cope.

In Nigeria, bloody battles between Muslim herders and Christian farmers

Back in Senegal, ex-president Wade vows to force election delay

Liberia's anti-graft body says Weah undermining fight against corruption

Providing justice to people in Ethiopia's Somali Regional State

Kenyan-based Flipflopi boat is calling for a plastic revolution

Israel imposes water rationing, reduced visits on Palestinian inmates

Despite all odds Central American migrants say they will continue on to US

Claudette Colvin: the precursor to Rosa Parks in the US Civil Rights Movement