A NEW trend is catching up among the people. The children kept as domestic servant by the families are being reportedly abandoned. Still worse is the condition of those children who have no idea about the whereabouts of their parents.
They are either spending their time in shelter homes or forced to live on streets.
Childline is receiving multiple such cases which concern the abandoned children. Seema, a 14-year-old girl, who has now been sent to Kanpur Balika Grih, was in a state of shock when her case was referred to Childline.
She was sent to work as a house maid by her parents when she was very young. Her entire wages were taken away by her parents while she did all the household chores.
"Seema stayed with us for over two weeks and since we were unable to trace her residential address, she was sent to Kanpur Balika Grih. She was harassed and physically abused by her masters and the poor girl was shown the way out of the house without having any concern about her future," said Shagufta Naqvi, co-ordinator of Childline.
Another case concerns nine-year-old Jyoti. The orphaned girl who worked as a house maid was ultimately abandoned and she was handed over to Childline by a man who found her at Prayag railway station.
Priyanka who is also an orphan, used to work in a house in Allahabad. According to her, she worked for few days and then left as she found it unsuitable for her. She then found a new job but that too was not to her liking. She was sent to Rajakiya Balika Grih.
"It is a matter of great concern since girls could fall into the trap of flesh traders and other such people who are in search of such helpless and destitute girls," said Shagufta.
"Even the shelter homes have their own capacities. They try for their rehabilitation but they have their limitations. The problem is a major one since even the police sometimes doesn't know where they could refer such cases," said Shagufta.
"The norms set by the Child Labour Act are perhaps a threat to those who are keeping children as domestic help.
think this could be the reason for the rise in such cases," she added.