A team of Labour Department and NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan rescued 11 child laborers aged 8 to 14 years on Wednesday from Guru Vihar in Ludhiana.
Children were working as bonded laborers and were not getting minimum wages. They were being paid Rs 50-100 per week by Surindra Export – in Guru Vihar on Rahon Road from they were rescued.
After medical check up at Civil Hospital, the children were presented before Child Welfare Committee (CWC). It was revealed that children were from Bihar and Kishangarh in Rajasthan and were brought forcefully to work in Ludhiana.
The CWC referred all rescued children to Children’s Home in Kurali.
Dinesh, a vounteer from Bachpan Bachao Andolan said, “Despite clear instructions of various courts to register an immediate FIR against employers, police did not book the factory owner and even no senior official from labor department accompanied us for raid.”
He added that all children were not even paid minimum wages and worked as bonded laborers. “Information has revealed that they were trafficked from Rajasthan and Bihar but police is not investigating properly and no FIR has been registered,” said Dinesh.