New Delhi, March 10: 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 Sunday.
“The children were rescued from the Bharatpur railway station by NGO CHETNA 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), told IANS.
Gupta said the rescued children work in various bangle factories across Rajasthan, and are employed through child traffickers who bring them into the state.
The children were moved out of the state in view of a police warning that threatened action if child labourers working in the state’s 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. Strict action should be initiated against child traffickers.”
As police failed to initiate action against those found involved in child trafficking, a team was sent by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to Bharatpur.
“When we reached early today (Sunday), we found that no FIR (first information report) was filed against those who were moving the children. We have lodged an FIR and about 39 people have been arrested in the case,” Neena Naik, a member of the NCPCR team, said over telephone.
“Most of these children hail from Bihar and had been working in the bangle industry ranging from two months to two years,” she added.
Naik said the team would engage the local administration, police and NGOs to rehabilitate the rescued children.