Thirteen child labourers rescued

Thirteen child labourers rescued

Thirteen children, being trafficked from Araria district in Bihar for work in government factories, were rescued from Anand Vihar railway station on Wednesday morning.

They were de-boarding Himachal Express in the morning when a team of railway police officials and members of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) came to their rescue.

The children, including a girl, belonged to the age group of nine to 15 years. “When they were rescued the children tried to defend the trafficker by saying that they were coming to Delhi to study in a madrasa. But when Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members counselled them, the children revealed that they were being trafficked to work in garment factories,” said Rakesh Senger, member BBA.

CWC has directed to keep the children in Mukti Ashram, BBA’s children home till the investigation is concluded. ChildLine, BBA and railway police aim to rescue more childern in future by raiding and checking trains coming from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal to Delhi.

“We are trying to protect children at the nascent stage so that they are not forced into bonded labour. We will work aggressively and try to rope in more officers to manage rescues from other railway stations,” said a senior railway police officer.

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