Raids and Rescues

17 Boys rescued in raid

Thursday, February 06, 2014
Delhi police and Labor Department  rescued 17 boys during a raid in central Delhi, following a complaint by the Society’s partners, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).

The children had been trafficked from the States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and were forced to work in appalling conditions making bags and plastic accessories.

The youngest is 10.

They were made to work for 14 hours a day till 1 am at night.  They were paid a only 12 rupees a day.

Preliminary medical tests revealed a high level of malnourishment among the victims.

A 12-year-old boy who is suffering from chicken pox said his employer did not take him to a doctor even though he pleaded with him.

The rescued children have been placed in the BBA’s Mukti Ashram, a child home run by the BBA for rescued children before they are returned to their parents.

Six employers were arrested.

The raids in Qutb Road and Ramnagar localities of Paharganj were led by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Karol Bagh, officials of the labour department, police, besides members of BBA.