On the 25th of July, 2015, a 19 year old boy met his cousin sister after many years. He is known as Varun Sharma and lives in one of the tea estates in the Darjeeling district. When he was three years old his parents passed away. Following their death, his grandmother cared for him for a short period of time. He was eventually taken under the care of a pastor who arranged for him a place in an orphan hostel where he could live and get education. The hostel rules were difficult, for no one could freely interact with him. As a result, 5 years later Varun ran away in search of work.
There was a day in which his sister and grandmother came to meet him in the hostel. Once they arrived, they were told that he was not there and that he had ran away from the hostel 2 years ago. With this in mind, those who worked in the hostel spent the last 2 years not informing Varun's family of his whereabouts. Fortunately, after months of searching for him, his grandmother and sister found him. Varun happened to be at the Nepalese border were he had been working at a garment shop since he ran away. When his relatives went to retrieve him, his employer refused to let go of him. After successive futile attempts to get him back, Varun's family came to Margret Horo, an associate of DMWSC, seeking help on this matter. She accompanied them to the border and sternly spoke to the employer, elaborating the legal obligations at stake as well as the boy's legal right to meet his family. This permission was granted shortly after.
Disclaimer : The identities of the victim and of associated characters have been modified. Documented by Benjamin Branco