36 child labourers rescued in Delhi

A statement by the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) said that 13 children were rescued from a factory in New Seelampur in northeast Delhi and 15 from Khureji Khas area of east Delhi Monday by a joint team of Delhi Police, the labour department and activists.

After rescuing the children, six factories where they were employed were sealed. According to the statement, the children were employed in the zari (embroidery) industry and in making of bakery products.

"The children in both the areas were working in pitiful conditions and all were victims of trafficking for bonded labour from the state of Bihar. On an average, they used to work for 12-15 hours everyday and were getting Rs.20 per week as wage," the statement said.

In yet another raid, eight children were rescued and five factories sealed at Ghonda chowk in northeast Delhi. Four employers were also arrested by the police. These children too were employed to do zari work.

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