Officials say Covid and school closure have led to kids being trafficked to city for work
The recent electrocution of a 13-year-old boy in Villupuram district, while erecting a flag pole, has exposed deeper problems in society.
In 2020, 313 children were rescued from trains and more than 426 till August in 2021 by the RPF and others.
A senior railway source said, “The maximum number of 56 children have been brought from Bihar, followed by 15 children from different parts of Karnataka and 12 from Uttar Pradesh.
The children would either be sent to a government home or with their families after taking into consideration their safety, said the coordinator.
They have been asked to submit their responses before August 16 and a hearing will be held on August 17 on the issue.
In another communication to the Ramanagara DC, the Commission has asked him to investigate and submit an action-taken report within three days.
The contractor has agreed to pay a penalty of Rs 1.4 lakh, at Rs 20,000 per child. The Labour Department will also pay Rs 15,000 for a child.
Led by block development officer Manoj Kumar Behera, the team assessed the road for repair works and assured needful action.
The Labour Ministry has also decided to expand the list of jobs considered to be hazardous to children between 16 and 18.
To Santhosh and Saranya, schooling has already become a distant memory; it’s been 16 months since they received any kind of education.
Another young boy, working at a roadside garments shop nearby, shouted: “Shorts! Shorts! Track pants! Shorts!” He looked no older than 15.
An FIR has been registered on Friday evening at the KSR railway station against three individuals for trafficking and those rescued have been handed over to the Child Welfare Committee.
One Home guard, Biswal, was placed under suspension on July 1 after CCTV footage of him purportedly kicking and abusing a minor tea vendor in the State Capital went viral on social media.
Chairperson Sandhyabati Pradhan said the Commission will also inquire why the minor was engaged in a tea stall and if required, he will be rehabilitated under the government schemes.