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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » News » CHILDLINE Kachipuram intervenes to rescue child labourers

CHILDLINE Kachipuram received the information that three children are working in a reputed restaurant in Chennai city. CHILDLINE team sprang into action and the police nabbed traffickers and three children between the ages of fifteen to eighteen years were rescued from the restaurant.

Three children namely Satyan, Raghu and Habid came to Chennai from Nepal to earn for their livelihood. They belongs to a low socio-economic background and the family was completely depends on their earning. They work at Hot chips Restaurant which have 35 outlets in the city with a meager salary for continuous hours. The employer didn't provide any facilities or support to them.

Mr.Lakshmanan, District Inspector, Labour contacted CHILDLINE Kachipuram and said that a raid is planned at Tambaram. CHILDLINE informed the Don Bosco coordinator about the raid. CHILDLINE team member with staff and Mariyalaya group, NCLP and Labour Dept officials made the raid in Hot chips restaurant. The team rescued Satyan, Raghu and Habid during the raid.

Children were taken to Chengalpet Hospital for age verification and came back to the restaurant after getting the age certificate. The restaurant owner allegedly said that the children are not working but they have come here to see the relatives. Children's were produced before CWC and were sent to Government Home.

Even though the owners of Hot Chips were very much having influence politically and economically but they were unable to stop the children to be taken away from their restaurant. Children rescued have been sent to the Nepal association through CWC. A large scale networking exercise between the CHILDLINE, labour department, District Inspector and CWC members resulted in the rescue of the children.