Missing boy returns home

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Tashi Phuntsho, a fifteen year old boy from  Wangdipam, Zhemgang who went missing six months ago on his way to school- more than two kilometers far from his home- has returned and got united with his family in Gelephu, Tuesday.

Police said they escorted Tashi to Gelephu from Thimphu a day after he arrived from Delhi.

Tashi Phuntso with his mother (L) and sister. Photo courtesy: Kuensel online

Tashi, who was made unconscious by the kidnappers after he was given lift to a Hilux, found himself in Mumbai when he got back to consciousness.

“It is like coming back from the death”, Tashi sighed to be back home. The Mumbai police rescued him from a hotel and handed over to Bhutan embassy in Delhi.

Tashi will continue to go to school after the mid-term but it is reported that his mother does not want him to go school on his own.

It is not the first time that Bhutanese children are abducted and taken to Indian metropolis for labor and sex. Two children from Gelephu were rescued similarly in 2010. The chances for kidnappers remain high as children walk to school one or two hours on narrow trails, among bushes and even forest where human population is sparse.