66 child labourers rescued in Delhi
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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.


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

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