1,801 rescued from child labour in TS in first 20 days of 2022

The 1,801 children rescued were engaged in bonded labour (893), at brick kilns (155), begging (81), were abandoned on the streets (121), and others (551)

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  23 Jan 2022 11:36 AM GMT
1,801 rescued from child labour in TS in first 20 days of 2022

Hyderabad: A total of 1,801 child labourers were rescued in Telangana in the first 20 days of 2022.

The children were rescued under Operation Smile phase VIII, an initiative jointly conducted by the anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) and the women's safety wing of the Telangana state police.

Out of the 1,801 children, 1,472 were boys and 329 were girls while 1,278 children were from Telangana and 523 were from other states. Also, 1,546 of the rescued children were sent back to their homes and 255 were sent to shelter homes.

The 1,801 children rescued were engaged in bonded labour (893), at brick kilns (155), begging (81), were abandoned on the streets (121), and others (551). Out of the 893 children engaged in bonded labour, 785 were boys and 108 were girls. Meanwhile, 155 children - 86 boys and 69 girls - were employed in brick kilns.

Also, 30 boys and 51 girls were rescued from begging and 104 boys and 17 girls were found abandoned on the streets. Besides, 467 boys and 84 girls engaged in other labour activities across the state were also rescued.

A total of 219 FIRs have also been registered in the above cases.

Earlier on 6 January, the Hyderabad city police along with the Chatrinaka police had rescued six child labourers from a bangle-making unit at Lalitha Bagh in Uppuguda. The children rescued were aged below 14 years and were from Bihar. The police also arrested the man who had brought the children from Bihar and exploited them in his hazardous bangle-making unit.

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