NCPCR's Major Crackdown on Child Labour Rescues 50 Tribal Children from Factories in MP
NCPCR's Major Crackdown on Child Labour Rescues 50 Tribal Children from Factories in MP

Raisen: In a significant crackdown on child labour, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) successfully rescued children from three factories in Raisen, Madhya Pradesh. This operation, conducted with the assistance of local police, was initiated following a complaint by the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), which exposed the trafficking and exploitation of children in various commercial establishments.

NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo informed the media that the factories, operating as supply chain units for bakery and electronic products, are now sealed. Legal proceedings have commenced against the factory operators. The rescued children, who showed signs of vulnerability, malnutrition, and exhaustion, were reportedly subjected to approximately 15-hour workdays under harsh conditions.

Additionally, the inspection extended to Som Distillery, where over 50 children, including 20 girls, were found engaged in the production of alcohol—an exploitation that not only violates child labour laws but also exposes minors to hazardous environments detrimental to their health and well-being. The rescued children, aged 15 to 17, originate from Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and adjacent districts in Madhya Pradesh. Notably, many of the girls are from local tribal areas, highlighting ongoing exploitation within these marginalized communities.

Manish Sharma, Director of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), raised awareness about the widespread issue of child trafficking and labour. He explained that children, being the most vulnerable, are often trafficked, sold, and forced to work. Traffickers and employers deceive parents and families with false promises, leading to their children’s exploitation. Sharma hopes the government will soon pass the essential anti-trafficking Bill to stop this serious abuse of children’s rights.

The operation underscores the critical role of NGOs like BBA in identifying and combating child trafficking and labour. These actions are not just about rescuing children from immediate danger but also about sending a strong message that the exploitation of children will not be tolerated in any form. The concerted efforts of government agencies, NGOs, and law enforcement are crucial in upholding the rights of children and creating a safer and more equitable society for all. The swift action by the NCPCR in closing the factories and filing FIRs against the operators sends a clear message to those involved in these illegal activities.

This rescue operation reveals the terrible conditions trafficked children endure, highlighting the urgent need for strong actions to stop child labour. The suffering of these children, particularly those from tribal and poor backgrounds, underscores the importance of ongoing efforts to protect and help them recover.

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