On the eve of Anti-Child Labour Day, 58 children were rescued from different factories in Delhi.
Fifty-six boys working in various factories engaged in making plastic coolers, fans and electrical moulding were rescued from Outer Delhi’s Badli area, said members of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), which was part of the operation. Two girl helps were also rescued from their employer’s house.
The rescued children were in the age group of 10-16 and had been working in these factories for the past one year. Rescue operations were carried out in five different factories and at a placement agency running in the garb of a welfare organization.
“Over 215 million children are languishing in child labour, including slavery in its ugliest form, whereas over 200 million adults are without jobs. We strongly demand that child labour be made a cognizable and non-bailable offence,” said Kailash Satyarthi, founder of BBA.
In 2010 and 2011, only 1592 employers were convicted for employing children. In five years (2007-2011) over 12-and-a-half lakh inspections were conducted but only 4263 people were convicted.
Most child labourers rescued were trafficked from West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh after paying their parents. They were not allowed to talk to their parents back home without the permission of their employer. On an average, the children were getting R50-100 per week as wages.
“Governments must take measures to prohibit and eliminate child labour,” said Bhagyashri Dengle, executive director of Plan India, an NGO that works for child rights.