Household poverty forces families to send their children to earn money in the labour market. On June 7 2023, three children who were engaged as child labourers in a roadside hotel in West Bengal were rescued by team VIHAAN along with District Child Protection Unit (North 24 Parganas – West Bengal), Dumdum Police, CHILDLINE and Labour Department.
The minors were only of age 11 and 12 and were made to work for 14 hours/day without any remuneration or basic health conditions.
They have now been safely rescued from the hostile conditions and are living in a safe home.
In India alone, there are 10.1 million working children who are between the age of 5 – 14 (Census 2011). These young children are denied their right to education, safety and equality and are vulnerable to being exploited and trafficked for a mere few hundred. Their overall well-being is at stake and they are forced into bonded labour putting them in an unhealthy, unsafe and unhappy environment.
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