Kidnapped Indian Boy Returns Home After Six Years

August 26, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. abduct / æbˈdʌkt / (v.) – to take someone away by force
Example: The kid was abducted by four unidentified men.

2. dismiss / dɪsˈmɪs / (v.) – to stop or close a case
Example: The case was dismissed because of lack of evidence.

3. captor / ˈkæp tər / (n.) – a person who has taken away something or someone
Example: The police caught the captors of the child.

4. step in / ˈstɛpˌɪn / (phrasal verb) – to be involved in something
Example: Everyone stepped in to solve the problem.

5. repatriation / riˌpeɪtriˈeɪʃ(ə)n / (n.) – to send someone to his/her own country
Example: Many foreigners are waiting for their repatriation from the war-torn country. 

Read the text below.
An Indian boy who went missing in 2o10 has been reunited with his family after six years.

Sonu, who was just six years old when he was abducted and taken to Bangladesh, is finally back with his family in India. According to Sonu’s mother, he had just been playing outside their house before he disappeared. Sonu’s family suspected that their female tenant, who had been in an argument with the family, was involved. The parents then filed a kidnapping case against her. However, the case was dismissed three years later because they could not give sufficient details about the suspect.

Jamal Musa, a Bangladeshi national, discovered Sonu in his captor’s house three years ago. The boy had been tortured and made to do hard work. According to Musa, he reported Sonu’s situation to the police immediately, but no action was taken. It was only in December 2015 that Musa was able to rescue the boy. After the Bangladeshi court sent Sonu to a welfare home for children, Musa traveled to India to find the boy’s family.

After hearing of Musa’s efforts to save the boy, Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stepped in to ensure his homecoming.  In a Twitter post, Swaraj confirmed that Sonu’s DNA matched with that of his mother and promised that the Indian government would bring Sonu back to his family.

Sonu’s parents expressed their gratitude towards Musa, whom they regarded as an angel. Together with Sonu, they met with Swaraj to thank her for ensuring their son’s repatriation. Sonu’s father also requested the authorities to help his son go to a good school as they could not afford one. 

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         How do you think Sonu’s experience will affect him?
·         If you were Sonu or Sonu’s parents, how would you thank Jamal Musa?

Discussion B

·         What should parents do to protect their children?
·         How can the government ensure the safety of their young citizens?

August 26, 2016