Kerala boys held captive by parents to start schooling

By PTI Published on Jul 28, 2018 12:49 PM IST

Kochi: Three boys, who were allegedly denied schooling and kept captive at home by their parents near here for years, will be given formal education, officials said today.

"The children will soon start schooling at the campus of the Child Welfare Committee," an official said after the children along with their mother reported before the committee today.

A decision on whether the children should be sent back home to continue their study in school will be taken after giving them proper counselling and seeking expert opinion, said the official representing the Ernakulam district child welfare committee.

The children, aged 12, 9 and 6 years, were not given mandatory primary education by their parents as they allegedly wanted them to be "imparted Islamic education."

The children were rescued by the district administration two days ago following an order issued by district collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla. The parents had agreed to allow officials take their children to the District Child Welfare Committee.

The parents also accompanied them. The father had refuted allegations that his children were under his captivity and said they were given proper

education based on international Islamic syllabus from Arab

nations.

Neighbours and relatives had informed officials that the family did not have any contact with them.