66 child labourers rescued in Delhi

Last Updated: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 18:44

New Delhi: Sixty-six bonded child labourers,
trafficked from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were rescued by the
authorities on Saturday from plastic, leather and other units in the
national capital and their 10 employers arrested.

The operation was launched jointly by the task force on
elimination of child labour, the area Sub Divisional
Magistrate, officials of Labour Department, Delhi Police and
child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).
During the raids carried out at around 12 pm, 66 bonded
child labourers were rescued and their employers arrested from
bindi, steel, plastic and leather units from Mukherjee Market
in Karol Bagh, the BBA said in a press statement.

This is the third rescue operation launched in the city
within the last 11 days. Fifty child labourers were rescued
from an ornament manufacturing unit on December 8 while 56
children were rescued from a zari unit two days later.

The children rescued today belong to the age group of
6-15 years and are mostly from Madhubani, Darbhanga, Sitamari
areas of Bihar and Gondabasti in UP.
Qasim, a nine-year-old boy, said, "A man forcibly bought
me here from my village and sold me to this employer. I have
been working for 14-16 hours everyday from last 8 months."

Girish Pandey, SDM of Karol Bagh, said ten employers have
been arrested during the raid.

The rescued children will get a rehabilitation sum of Rs
20,000 in addition to life-long pension of Rs 500, officials
said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 18:44

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