Six child labourers rescued

Six child labourers rescued

Six child labourers were rescued from five dhabas and restaurants in Seemapuri in north-east Delhi on Wednesday.

The rescue operation was led by Kamaldeep Gupta, sub divisional magistrate, old Seemapuri police station, accompanied by police, an official from the labour department and activists of Bachpan Bachao Aandolan (BBA), a child rights group. “Five employers have been arrested and a fine of Rs 1 lakh recovered. We have sealed the dhabas and restaurants,” said Kamaldeep Gupta.

The rescued children belong to the age group of 11-15 years and were trafficked from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The local middlemen sold these children to the employers in Delhi. Sunil, 13, told the BBA activists that he was brought to Delhi six years ago and since then he has been working in different restaurants.

“I have not seen my parents for a long time and my employer used to beat me whenever I did any mistake,” he said.

Except for one, the children worked at for more than 13-hours-a-day and were not given wages as well. They used to do chores such as cleaning, washing dishes, cooking and serving at the restaurants.

Several raids have been conducted by child rights groups along with the district task force to ensure legal action against trafficking and child labour.