Cops free 26 child workers from Jamia Nagar
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The Delhi police succeeded in freeing some 26 child workers from embroidery factories at Jamia Nagar, Okhla this week. The children were rescued in a raid that was conducted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), Labour Department and District Task Force. Also, the S.D.M and some senior officials of the Delhi police were on the spot to ward off any untoward incident. The chairperson of BBA, Rama Shankar Chaurasia, told reporters that some 26 child workers were rescued from the clutches of factory owners following the Court’s order. National secretary of BBA Rakesh Singar said the children were between the age of 8 and 14 years.
Also, he said the children were made to work 12-14 hours on paltry salary. For one day work they get Rs 20-25. A.D.M Prawesh Ranjan Jha said many cases have surface of owners paying nothing to these poor child workers, reported an Urdu national daily. This is not for the first time that such an incident has taken place in the locality.
Earlier, OKHLA TIMES had reported on a botched up child worker rescue operation by a New Delhi-based NGO on November 1 in the Batla House area. That incident had sparked a heated debate in the locality. Actually the incident had split the locals with some supporting the operation and others criticizing it.
This time the rescue operation didn’t trigger any controversy.
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