7 children rescued from jeans factory

7 children rescued from jeans factory

The kids below 14 years of age hail from Bihar

Seven children were rescued from a factory in East Delhi on Tuesday by an NGO with the help of Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

The boys, hailing from Bihar and below 14 years of age, have narrated tales of atrocities and being beaten up by their employer by hammer and belts at a factory making jeans in Brahampuri.

During their examination, the CWC found injuries and several black blue spots on their bodies.

The incident came to light after two boys were found abandoned near to a gate of a children home, following which they were produced before the CWC, Dilshad Garden.

“The boys told us that they work at a factory in Brahampuri and due to atrocities by the employer, they escaped the premises. During consecutive production, they mentioned that there are more children employed in child labour and that they could identify the place,” said a CWC member.

Following the information, NGO Delhi Brotherhood Society (DBS) Childline, North East, was ordered to visit the spot and enquire if more children are working on the same location and seven children were found to be working.

On Tuesday, DBS Childline, SDM Seelampur, police and Labour department went to the spot and rescued the seven children.

The children revealed that they had to work for more than 16 hours a day and if they do not work they were badly beaten by the employer with hammer and belts.

“CWC immediately took suo-muto cognizance and ordered the SDM, Labour department and police to conduct rescue operation and rescue all children. We had a discussion with DM North East and he supported the same,” the CWC member said.

The children have now been sent to children home for care protection and counselling. They will be reunited with their parents after recovery of minimum wages from the employer.

The factory has been sealed and an FIR has been registered against the employer.“He will have to pay a penalty of Rs 20,000 to the rehabilitation centre,” the member said.

She added that an explanation has also been sought by the Medical Examiner who allegedly ignored all the marks on the body of these kids and didn't prescribe any medicines.

The CWC has also ordered for re-examination of all children and the CDMO is called in for explanation for such ignorance towards children.

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