Child labour: Cyberabad Police rescues 11 children working in paper mill

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During the investigation, it was revealed that children were brought from Bihar and Jharkhand by labour contractors on a promise that they will be paid Rs 12,000 per month. 

 

As part of 'Operation Smile', the Cyberabad Police on Thursday rescued 11 children, gathering scrap papers from Divya Shakthi Paper Mill within the limits of Kondurg Police Station.

The team along with the Child Line officials raided the paper mill and found that the minors were engaged in loading paper in the machine which was affecting their health.

A case has been registered against the owner of the company for violating the Child Labour Act. Meanwhile, the children were sent to a shelter after producing them before the child welfare committee.

As per the report, the children were made to work for long hours at unfair wages at the cost of their health.

During the investigation, it was revealed that children were brought from Bihar and Jharkhand by labour contractors on a promise that they will be paid Rs 12,000 per month. However, they were being paid merely Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per month.

They were worked long hours, for over 12 hours, without any breaks or holidays. They were living in unhygienic conditions, in small rooms without ventilation and were suffering from malnutrition, stunted growth, and other health issues

According to the officials, the mill management employed adult workers to work during the day and the children were made to work only during the night. 

The Cyberabad police have formed Operation Smile teams in the three zones of Cyberabad work throughout the year to rescue children from child labour, begging and rag picking.

The Cyberabad police have launched a special WhatsApp number - 7901115474 - for reporting child labour.

Citizens are requested to report any person who has engaged children below 14 years as child labour in hotels, restaurants, dhabhas, tea stalls, and as domestic help.

People can also dial 100 or send an e-mail to smileteamcyb@gmail.com to file a report. 
 

With inputs from Agency

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