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Child labourers rescued after High Court’s directive

New Delhi: Twenty-six child labourers working in different Zari factories in and around Jamia Nagar were rescued on the directives of Delhi High Court. It may be stated that in response to a PIL filed by Bachpan Bachaao Andolan, an NGO fighting for the cause of minor children and child labourers, Delhi High Court Bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna directed Delhi Police to rescue the children working in Zari units in Jamia Nagar area.

The Bench also directed DCP (South-east) to personally look into the rescue operation of children working in those factories and file a status report on this issue. The NGO said in its petition that when its rescue team had recently liberated about 50 child labourers working in different zari units, a mob had attacked the rescue team and had taken away many rescued children after which only 26 children were left with them. The rescue operation was carried out jointly by Bachpan Bachaao Andolan, Department of Labour, Delhi Police and SDM.

These children belonged to different places in Bihar and were brought to Delhi by dalals (middlemen). Leader of the rescue team, Rama Shankar Chaurasia said to media persons that the zari units were raided on the instructions of the High Court. It was further stated by the rescue team members that the children told them that they were made to work from 8 in the morning till midnight and many of them were not given wages or if given, they were given a meagre amount of Rs. 20-25 per week. After being rescued, the children were presented before the Child Welfare Committee, Lajpat Nagar.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 20

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