65 child labourers rescued from Mumbai, sent back home

In an attempt to curb child labour, the Maharashtra government, along with a non-governmental organisation, helped reunite 65 rescued children with their families.

Mumbai: In an attempt to curb child labour, the Maharashtra government, along with a non-governmental organisation, helped reunite 65 rescued children with their families.

The children were rescued from various establishments last month and sent to shelter homes in a joint operation of the NGO and the state government.

"I came here to work... I came here on my own... (was working) in Dharavi... from 10 am to 10 pm," said a rescued child, Satish Kumar, adding, "I am feeling happy to go back home."

Of the 65, parents of 10 rescued children, picked up their wards from the shelter homes, while the rest were sent to their homes on a special coach of Rajendra Nagar Superfast Express.

"Initially we used to rescue around 500 children yearly but now it has come down because these children are sent back to parents who now know that child labour is a crime," said state Minister For Women and Child Development, Vidya Thakur.