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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » News » CHILDLINE Kochi unearths bonded Labor

Sahil, Gulrukh, Faizan and Atul, all below 14 yrs, from Uttar Pradesh came to work in a bag making unit in Kochi. They belong to a lower socio-economic background and family was completely dependent on their earning. The neighbours in the bag making unit heard cries of the children at night and contacted CHILDLINE 1098. CHILDLINE Kochi received a call from a concerned adult saying that four children under 14 are working in bag making unit in Dharusalam Lane

CHILDLINE team discussed comprehensive plan for the rescue operation with Kasaba Police. The Police assured all support for the rescue. On September 22, 2010, CHILDLINE and the Police rescued four children, two of them less than ten years old and the others less than 14, working in a bag making unit. During the raid, CHILDLINE team member found that the employer had been illtreating the children. The owner of the bag-making unit didn't provide any facilities or support to them but had been treating the children harshly. The condition in the bag-making unit was unhealthy and children were engaged in hazardous job.

After winning their trust and establishing a rapport with them, CHILDLINE team took them for their medical checkup. Children were produced before the Child Welfare Committee and then shifted to the temporary shelter. The inquiries by the Police and CHILDLINE commenced to find whether the children came from the same village as the owners and trace their parents. The case is being followed up and further investigation is going on.