6. Case of restoring right to education:
CHILDLINE Cuddalore received a call from a concerned adult on 5th January 2006 informing about a ten-year-old girl child... The child was found on the street, weeping and informed the people around, that she is from the neighbouring town and that her employer had poured boiling hot water on her. As she was giving the information, her employer whisked her away in a sumo.
CHILDLINE team visited the bus stand to enquire about the child. When the team visited the employer's house he refused to accept that the girl is in the house. Finally when the team found the child and spoke with her, she informed that hot water had fallen on her while preparing tea. The girl had bruises on her body. A complaint was filed at the police station. The matter was placed before the Additional Superintendent of Police in Chidambaram.
Meanwhile, in a parallel investigation run by CHILDLINE, it was found that the child was from Chidambaram and was brought to Cuddalore for work. A written complaint was lodged on 8th January. 9th January the case was published in the local newspaper. Based on the orders of Superintendent of Police, the police agreed to rescue the child from the house.
However, the employer had handed over the child to the local Jamath Muslim Committee who in turn had handed over the child to the police. CHILDLINE received the child from the police. Though initially the child refused to come with the team and expressed her interest to stay with her employer, she calmed down and gave her home details.
The child was produced before the CWC on 17th January. CHILDLINE traced the child's family in Chidambaram. On the father's request the child was admitted into school for children in difficult situation.