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Musician’s House Searched over Child Labour Plaint

Sources said a neighbour had tipped off the children’s helpline about the filmmaker ‘employing’ two under-aged girls as domestic helps on Tuesday.

Published: 19th June 2014 07:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2014 07:11 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Members of Childline, a non-profit organisation, along with women cops from the City Police conducted inquiries at the residence of music director and filmmaker Gangai Amaran in Adyar after an allegation of childlabour surfaced on Wednesday.

Sources said a neighbour had tipped off the children’s helpline about the filmmaker ‘employing’ two under-aged girls as domestic helps on Tuesday.

Pursuant to the complaint, a physical verification was carried out by members of Childline and the women police personnel at the music director’s house.

During interrogation, all the inmates of the house including the two girls vouched that the complaint was false and baseless.

The two girls, both siblings, hailing from a small hamlet near Villupuram, had been employed here for the past couple of months were over 18.

The girls were isolated from the other inmates and individually quizzed about their actual age and whether they had been forced to work against their consent. Their statements were recorded. The parents of the two girls were also contacted by the volunteers and they also reaffirmed that one of their daughters was 18 while the other was 19. However, they were asked to provide the proof for the girls’ age. As the documents provided by the parents proved that both the girls were over 18, the complaint was closed without any further action.

Both the girls also informed the investigation panel that they chose to work as domestic helps since their family was in need of money.



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