Following a complaint that reached Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal a few days back, three minor girls kept as forced domestic child labourers were rescued from a residence in Kitchlu Nagar, block D, on Wednesday.
The interrogation of the girls revealed that they were beaten black and blue on petty issues by the owner.
However, the labour department is yet to take action and lodge an FIR against on Gaurav and his family for the alleged domestic violence.
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Talking to Newsline, Paramjit Kaur, inspector from labour department, said, “An inquiry was marked to us by DC following which task force raided the home in Kitchlu Nagar. The girls told us that they were beaten on petty issues daily.”
While one of them was employed five days back only, the other two had been working at home for the past nine months and were not allowed to leave. All three have no families.
The children will now be shifted to Vanita Gandhi Asharam in Jalandhar after formalities are done by the Child Development Project Officer.
“Doctor will tell the exact age of children after medical check-up and only then will action be taken against the family members,” said inspector Paramjit Kaur.
Dinesh Kumar from NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which is also part of the task force team formed by the district administration, said that they were not even informed about the raid. “Administration always tries to avoid NGOs which are part of task force which hints towards something fishy. We were not informed about today’s raid,” he said.