A non-government organisation (NGO) has claimed that bonded child labour is quite prevalent in Harda district of the state and the bonded children are subjected to a lot of excesses.
The revelations came to light after a five-day awareness campaign on issue of bonded child labour taken up in the district recently by the NGO Synergy Sansthan.
The organisation said during their visits to various villages in the Harda district, people shared with them that many children were engaged as bonded child labourers in almost all villages. The teams of Synergy Sansthan visited almost 36 villages in the district. Earlier also, the organisation had shared the issue with the district administration and was assured of action.
However, during the recent awareness campaign they got information about presence of number of bonded child labourers in Gahal, Charkheda, Khamgaon and other villages, the organisation said.
These children have to drop out of school, are paid meagrely and often in the form of wheat. Besides, they are verbally abused and beaten up by the employers often, the organisation claimed to have found.
The organisation, in a statement, also claimed that their team faced rough time in places like village Hirapur, while they were undertaking advocacy activity on the issue. The team members were allegedly asked to leave the village, executive director of Synergy, Vishnu Prasad Jaiswal said in the statement.
During the campaign, the team members met the villagers, staged street plays, mimes, conducted community meetings and distributed pamphlets, the NGO said.