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NCJ Number: 65836 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: BOMBAY (INDIA) - STUDY OF KIDNAPPED CHILDREN
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Children's Aid Soc
Research Dept
Central Office
India
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 114
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Aid Soc
Mahim, Bombay - 16, India
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: BASED ON DATA COLLECTED IN BOMBAY, INDIA, THE REPORT DESCRIBES CHARACTERISTICS OF KIDNAPPED CHILDREN, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE ACCUSED KIDNAPPERS.
Abstract: USING OFFICIAL POLICE AND COURT RECORDS, 100 CASES OF KIDNAPPED CHILDREN AND 43 CASES OF RUNAWAYS WHO WERE RESCUED AND RESTORED TO THEIR PARENTS WERE EXAMINED. INDIAN LEGAL CODES DESCRIBE A CHILD AS A BOY OR GIRL 16-YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER. PARENTS AND CHILDREN WERE INTERVIEWED SEPARATELY BY FEMALE INVESTIGATORS AND PROBATION OFFICERS. IN THE SAMPLE, 46 PERCENT OF THE CASES WERE YOUNG GIRLS ELOPING WITH MALE ESCORTS WHILE THE REMAINDER WERE FORCIBLY KIDNAPPED. MOST KIDNAPPING VICTIMS WERE POORLY EDUCATED GIRLS FROM IMPOVERISHED SLUM FAMILIES. SINCE THE MAJORITY MARRIED SHORTLY AFTER THE KIDNAPPING, THE INCIDENT DID NOT AFFECT THEIR PROSPECTS. IN MOST CASES THE VICTIM KNEW THE KIDNAPPER AS A NEIGHBOR, FAMILY FRIEND, OR PAYING GUEST. THE ACCUSED WERE USUALLY YOUNG UNMARRIED MALES WHO WORKED AT MENIAL JOBS. ELOPEMENT FOLLOWED BY RAPE PROVIDED THE PRINCIPAL MOTIVATION, BUT SELLING, BEGGING, USE AS DOMESTIC SERVANTS, AND VENGEANCE WERE ALSO OBSERVED. RUNAWAY CHILDREN CAME FROM LARGE, POOR, UNEDUCATED FAMILIES. THEY HAD FEW INTERESTS AND HAD BEEN NEGLECTED OR ABUSED BY THEIR PARENTS. IN THE CASES STUDIED, 58 PERCENT WERE BOYS AND 42 PERCENT GIRLS. SELECTED CASE HISTORIES ARE PRESENTED TO ILLUSTRATE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND KIDNAPPINGS. NUMEROUS TABLES ACCOMPANY THE TEXT AND BIBLIOGRAPHY IS PROVIDED. THE APPENDIX CONTAINS THE QUESTIONNAIRES USED IN INTERVIEWS AND EXAMINATIONS OF POLICE RECORDS. (MJM)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child molesters; Economic influences; India; Juvenile prostitution; Juveniles; Kidnapping; Runaways; Social classes; Social conditions
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