HYDERABAD: Child labourers from Bihar who were rescued from factories in Hyderabad will be sent back to their home towns on Sunday. More than 130 children were rescued in an operation conducted by officials after a 13-year-old child labourer in bangle making unit at Talab Katta was beaten to death by his employer, more than a week ago.
Of them, around 105 will head to Patna from Secunderabad Railway Station. Officials said the age determination process of about 20 more children has so far not been completed, which would help in preparing a strong case against their employers.
"The children were rescued from bangle and belt making units in the police limits of Rein Bazar, Bhavani Nagar, Pahadi Shareef in Hyderabad in an operation by Women and Child Welfare, Police and Juvenile Welfare departments. Cases under the IPC, Juvenile Justice Act and Bonded Labour (Abolition) Act were registered against more than 10 employers," said Imtiyaz Rahim, Hyderabad's district child protection officer.
Apart from the inhumane working conditions and a pittance of salary, children from other states, who work as labourers in bangle, belt making and other units, put up with another brutal menace of getting beaten up by their employers.
Officials said the deceased boy's brother was rescued after the incident. The boy's family did not have enough money to take the dead body to their home town in Bihar so they performed the funeral in the city itself.
■105 children rescued from the bangle-making and belt-making units, will be sent back to their hometowns in Bihar on Sunday
■ Apart from inhumane work conditions,
children are beaten up by employers
■ A 13-yr-old boy was killed by his employer for not working, more than a week ago in Talab Katta in Hyderabad
■ Dial 1098-childline, or 040-2320 2351, when you spot a child
working a labour