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Missing teenage boys return home after weeklong ‘picnic’

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Two Indian teenagers who went missing in Doha over the Eid break have returned home safely, the father of one of the boys has said.

Speaking to Doha News, Kamlesh Gupta said his son Saurabh Gupta and friend Arun Jose, both 16 years old, came back last night, more than a week after disappearing in Doha.

Their parents, community members, school officials and the Indian embassy became involved in search efforts for the boys. But it turned out that the teens, who were oblivious to media reports about their disappearance, had simply wanted to have fun.

When reached by phone this afternoon, Gupta said:

“They are ok – for them it was picnic. They were not aware of anything – they just wanted to be away from home.”

The boys, 10th graders at the MES Indian School, were last seen after class let out on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Their parents initially suspected they disappeared by choice, after some QR10,000 had gone missing from Jose’s home.

Earlier this week, Gupta told Doha News he thought the boys “were having fun at (the expense of) our pain.”

Thoughts?

Credit: Photo for illustrative purposes only by Ben Askew

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Lionel_Shaon_
Lionel_Shaon_
7 years ago

YOLO

osamaalassiry
osamaalassiry
7 years ago
Reply to  Lionel_Shaon_

YOLT … 🙂

Ali
Ali
7 years ago

lol Didn’t think anyone can go missing in this country.

sadam
sadam
7 years ago
Reply to  Ali

my thoughts exactly

Lisa Clayton
Lisa Clayton
7 years ago

Yikes! Maybe they need to be enrolled in the Qatar Military Academy.

Ce Moi
Ce Moi
7 years ago

What kind of parenting is this? Parents didn’t even know where the kids were and kids didn’t think it was appropriate for them to let their parents know? These parents should be ashamed!

Sharkfinn
Sharkfinn
7 years ago
Reply to  Ce Moi

It’s the kids’ fault too. Such idiots… I did that too as a kid so I should know.

Chipper fluffypants
Chipper fluffypants
7 years ago
Reply to  Sharkfinn

Kids do this junk all the time. The need a good kick in the butt and do 100 hours community service cleaning toilets and picking up trash.

Dimple Verma
Dimple Verma
7 years ago

Shouldn’t they be penalised to prevent such ‘fun’ being repeated in future by the student community ? Won’t the others behave similarly and escape punishment by inflicting pain on their parents ? What about the time, money and efforts wasted in tracing them for so many days ?

Shane West
Shane West
7 years ago
Reply to  Dimple Verma

They did not break any law. So no, they shouldn’t be penalized by the State of Qatar and they won’t be.
Student Community….Really?

Jr Derha
Jr Derha
7 years ago
Reply to  Dimple Verma

nah… guidance /advice , ok

Sarah2473
Sarah2473
7 years ago

That’s a relief for the parents. Will I get credit for asking the question? Or maybe a job as a curious asker? Paid of course :p

Q reader
Q reader
7 years ago

If the teenagers were away for 9 days, there must be some adults where they were staying ?
Was the news not spread in newspapers and on Tv and on Radio. This must be investigated.

The parents must also be investigated and the real stories made public. Using public and Qatar government resources for the search & rescue, there has to be accountability.

Bling
Bling
7 years ago

W0o picnic with 10,000 bucks..

Lucielle Burger
Lucielle Burger
7 years ago
Reply to  Bling

They probably ran out of money and decided to go home for more!

Aman Sheikh
Aman Sheikh
7 years ago

What a Shame these boys brought to their parent and school, Thanks to MOI,CID dept.

KJD
KJD
7 years ago

I think the parents need to come up with a consequence for their sons that will be just as painful for them as it was for their parents when they vanished for more than a week. Had I done that as a teen I don’t think I would be alive today to tell the tale as my parents would have likely skinned me alive. (Ok — not literally, but there would have been serious consequences to my actions.)

Shane West
Shane West
7 years ago

@lionel_shaon:disqus lol!
And to quote Russell Peters – “Somebody gonna get hurt real bad!”

AB_Sajid
AB_Sajid
7 years ago

It’s not just that.

I am a college student born and brought up in Qatar. Working at a social enterprise for 2 years here, I have seen a lot of cases.

Most of these cases include abuse by family, or restrictions from parents. Think realistically for a moment, what would cause two 16 years old boys to leave house for a week?

The students here especially the expats do face a lot of depression which leads them in taking such steps. And of course, when you know that you’re not gonna get robbed in this country, why won’t you just hang out?

The houses are small for them, their parents might earn well, might not, they would’ve saved up to spend some time together. One of their older friends might have a room for a week available. And it does actually feel awesome when you spend your time alone with a friend away from family here!

A grass-rooted problem will never have enforced solutions.

ann
ann
7 years ago
Reply to  AB_Sajid

or maybe they just decided to run off for a laugh and do whatever it is teenage boys do

Jr Derha
Jr Derha
7 years ago

carefree moments… be safe..

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