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8-year child among the 11 child labourers rescued from North Delhi.*

8-year child among the 11 child labourers rescued from North Delhi.* New Delhi: 21st February 2021 : A raid and rescue operation was conducted in 7 places on 19.02.2021 under the jurisdiction of Police Station- Samaypur Badli and 11 children have been rescued from their work station. These children were working in hazardous conditions as bonded labour in bakery units, kharat machine units and auto center units of Alipur area of North Delhi District. One child was rescued from a residential place where he was working as a domestic worker. The rescued children were exposed to all kinds of physical and mental trauma, especially in the times of a Covid pandemic.

The raid was conducted by a team consisting of Ajit Singh Thakur, SDM Alipur, Police team from P.S- Samaypur Badli, Labour Department, North West District, NGO, Sahyog Care for You and Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR).

All children were provided medical care and Covid test under the supervision of respective CDMO and placed in Child Care Institution for care and protection after being produced before the concerned Child Welfare Committee-X, Alipur.

All the 11 rescued children were minor males, the youngest one being barely 8 years old. The Civil Defence team deployed by the DM, North did a splendid job in ensuring the safety measures required during the course of the operation. Additionally, they made sure that all the rescued children felt secure in the premises, and were well taken care of. Their work is highly appreciable.

In another rescue operation conducted on 28.01.2021, led by Ms. Neha Bansal, DM, West and Mr. Nishant Bodh, SDM, Punjabi Bagh, 51 minors were successfully rescued. Out of these 51 innocent children, 10 were boys and the rest 41 were girls. The rescue mission was undertaken at sawmill, shoe and scrap units of Nangloi area, West Delhi.

DCPCR played the role of coordination in both the raids and rescue operations. In both the rescue operations, the children were mostly found to be working for over 12 hours a day and were paid a bare minimum amount of Rs. 100-150 per day. Furthermore, these children were found working in extremely unhygienic and unhealthy conditions with no masks, posing a serious threat to their lives especially during these times of pandemic.

Shri. Anurag Kundu, Chairperson, DCPCR, said, “The Commission’s aim of making Delhi Child-labour free by 2023 can be realized only through proper social reintegration and rehabilitation of the rescued children and collective efforts of all citizens, civil society and the state.”

The children have been placed in Child Care Institutions and will be restored with their parents/guardians/families at the earliest. DCPCR would continue to work towards ensuring that children are provided with back-wages and compensation as well as necessary action is taken against the offenders which might act as a deterrent to such persons and conditions that exploit children. In its efforts to making Delhi a Child Labour free city by 2023, DCPCR is looking for support from the citizens of Delhi and have launched a WhatsApp number (9599001855) where information of child labour can be shared and reporting citizens will be awarded for sharing the correct information.

By Lipakshi Seedhar: Staff Correspondent.

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