168 child labourers rescued in Rajasthan

168 child labourers rescued in Rajasthan

 A Delhi-based voluntary organisation has rescued 168 child labourers from Rajasthan while they were being trafficked out of the state, an NGO official said on Sunday.

“The children were rescued from the Bharatpur railway station by NGO CHETNA on Saturday while they were being taken from Jaipur to an unknown destination,” Sanjay Gupta, director of Childline Agra, which is run by NGO Childhood Enhancement Through Training and Action (CHETNA) said.

Gupta said the rescued children work in various bangle factories across Rajasthan and are employed through child traffickers,  who bring them into the state.

They were moved out of the state in view of a police warning that threatened action if child labourers working in the bangle industry are not removed in 10 days. On Friday, 60 such children in the age group of 8-10 years were rescued from the Agra railway station by Childline Agra.

Gupta said: “There are around 60,000 child labourers working in the bangle industry across the state. Action should be initiated against child traffickers.”

A team was sent by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to Bharatpur.  “We found that no FIR was filed against the traffickers. We have lodged an FIR and about 39 people have been arrested in the case,” said Neena Naik, a member of the NCPCR.

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