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India-Pakistan look to exchange teenagers who accidentally crossed borders

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Efforts are being made at the diplomatic level to exchange two teenagers from India and Pakistan who crossed over to each other’s neighbouring countries by mistake and were arrested by the security agencies.

Indian teen Gemraram, a Dalit belonging to a small hamlet Kumharon Ka Tibba on the border of India-Pakistan in the Barmer district crossed over to Pakistan by jumping the fence.

This happened last year and Gemraram was arrested by the Pakistan rangers.

The Pakistan Rangers after some time informed the Border Security Force about the arrest of Gemraram and that he was lodged in a jail in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

The family of Gemraram in the meantime had been searching for him for over a month when they were informed by the BSF about their son.

After that, the villagers and various social organizations of Barmer have been putting pressure on the state and the Union Home ministry for efforts to get Gemraram released from Pakistan custody.

Pak boy crosses border

Meanwhile, a Pakistani teen from the Amarkot area of Sindh province, who is a Hindu and belongs to the Bhil community had crossed over to India in July 2019 is still in India’s custody in Barmer.

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The 16-year-old boy, whose name has not been disclosed crossed over to India in September 2019 near the Indo-Pak border at Munabao-Gadra Road. He was arrested by the security agencies and was interrogated. During the interrogation, it was found that the boy belonged to a Pakistani village Gulam Nabi Khipro Sangaad in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Since the arrested Pakistani boy was a minor, he was sent to the children’s rescue home. His case was referred to the juvenile justice court in Jodhpur and it ordered the release of the boy as he was a minor. The order for his release was made in July 2020.

According to Ashwin Sharma of the Child Protection Centre, Barmer after the juvenile court’s order, we have approached the Union Home ministry for the repatriation of the boy to Pakistan,

But since an Indian boy under similar circumstances crossed over to Pakistan and is under arrest, the diplomatic channel is looking to system exchange the two boys for each other.

 

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