94 child labourers rescued from factories in Delhi

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 21:18

New Delhi: Ninty-four children, working
as bonded labourers in factories in the national capital, have
been rescued in a joint raid by labour department, Delhi
police and an NGO associated with the cause.

All were aged between seven and 14 years and brought
from Bihar`s Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and Araria districts.
"These child labourers were rescued in a joint raid by
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), labour department, Delhi Police,
National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and Delhi Legal
Services Authority (DLSA) from factories from Usmanpur area of
north-east Delhi," said Kailash Satyarthi, founder of BBA.

One of the rescued children said he had been working
for past six month in one of the units and was forced to work
for 16 hours a day without any remuneration.
The children were allegedly forced to work in poorly
lit and ill-ventilated rooms and had to stay there itself,
police said.

"This raid is litmus test to Delhi Government as it is
the first rescue operation after the Delhi High Court`s
landmark judgment in which it directed to lodge cases against
employer under Criminal Procedures Code and to recover Rs
20,000 for each child labourer from the employer immediately,"
Satyarthi said.

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First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 21:18

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