Published: 15th March 2018
17 child labourers rescued from a passenger train at Secunderabad station
The children from the three states had been picked up to work at bangle-making units in Hyderabad, said police
Around 17 child labourers from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were rescued at Secunderabad Railway station, officials said on Thursday. Based on a tip-off that over 150 children were being brought to Hyderabad in a passenger train, teams from departments of Labour, Women and Child Welfare, Police and NGOs searched all the coaches after 11 PM, said Child Protection Officer (Hyderabad district) Mohammed Imtiyaz Raheem.
"After verifying the age of about 80 of them who arrived, as many as 17 of them were found to be aged below 18, including two children aged 7 and 11. They belong to Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand," Raheem said adding the children were sent to a children's home.
He said'one person who employed these children has been picked up for questioning and a complaint will be lodged with Telangana CID to nab the traffickers who had brought these children. City-based child rights NGO 'Balala Hakkula Sangham' honorary president Achyuta Rao said, "We got an information that a group of children were being brought by train to Hyderabad and had accordingly alerted the Police and district officials here."
"They were trafficked from Bihar and other states and forced to work as child labourers in bangle-making units in Hyderabad," he said.