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36 child labourers, including 25 girls, rescued from 3 factories in Raisen

• Rescue operation led by NCPCR on the complaint of Bachpan Bachao Andolan • Out of 36 children rescued, 25 are girls • Three factories sealed, legal action initiated

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
36 child labourers, including 25 girls, rescued from 3 factories in Raisen

In a major rescue operation led by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights along with police team and Association for Voluntary Action, also known as Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), 36 children, including 25 girls, were rescued from three factories in Mandideep town of Raisen district near Bhopal. The rescue operation was initiated as a result of the complaint filed by BBA which found that many commercial establishments in the industrial town were trafficking children from around the country and employing them in factories. The three factories have been sealed and legal process has been initiated.

All the 36 children, who looked vulnerable, malnourished and sleep-deprived, were made to work for 12-14 hours every day in these supply chain units of bakery and electronic products. In the age-group of 15 to 17 years, these children belonged to Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and neighbouring districts in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the rescued girls belonged to the nearby Tribal areas. The children, being counselled, have been produced before the Child Welfare Committee.

While one factory is a bakery unit manufacturing biscuits and rusks, another one is a food processing establishment while the third factory is a unit manufacturing plastic electronic products.

Talking about the situation of child labour in such supply chain establishments, Manish Sharma, Director, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, said, “The production supply chain engages one of the worst forms of child labour. At every step of this chain from production to delivery, the employers are blinded by the greed for cheap and docile labour. Children, being the easiest and most vulnerable targets, are regularly trafficked, sold and bought for labour. Parents and families, on the other hand, fall for the promises made by the traffickers and employers. We have strict laws in place and the law enforcing agencies are doing their best in breaking this demand and supply cycle. But we need to step up our efforts. We really hope that the government will soon pass the much-needed anti-trafficking Bill to end this gross violation of child rights.”

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