Child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, with assistance from police and labour departments, rescued 36 children who were being forced to do labour in Delhi.

About half-a-dozen factories were raided and sealed in New Seelampur in northeast Delhi and the Khureji Khas area of east Delhi.

After rescuing the children, six factories where they were employed were sealed. According to the statement, the children were employed in the zari (embroidery) industry and in making of bakery products.

‘The children in both the areas were working in pitiful conditions and all were victims of trafficking for bonded labour from Bihar. On an average, they used to work for 12-15 hours every day and were getting Rs 20 per week as wage,’ a statement from the NGO said.

In yet another raid, eight children were rescued and five factories sealed at Ghonda chowk in northeast Delhi. Four employers were also arrested by the police. These children, too, were employed to do zari work.

In the picture: Physically assaulted kid working in one of the zari workshops. Source: Bachpan Bachao Andolan