Nagpur: The state police would soon launch a
special drive to check exploitation of children in the form of
their employment in manufacturing units and for begging,
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said here on Tuesday.
Replying to a calling attention motion moved by Kiran
Pawaskar (Shiv Sena), Patil told the Legislative Council that
exploitation of children was a reality and the government was
serious about putting an end to it.
Children are often mutilated so as to be used for begging
purposes, he said.
The special drive would be undertaken with the help of
non-government organisations. The Mumbai police had launched
a similar drive two years ago and had achieved good results,
Patil said, adding that over 13,000 children had been rescued
from exploitation, he said.
A special cell for missing persons and for detecting
cases of child labour has been created in the state police
department, he said, adding that a website on missing children
too would soon be launched.