New Delhi: Four children were rescued by an NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) from Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) work site at Kalkaji in South Delhi.
The children, all between the age of 9 and 14 years, have been brought from Bihar and were involved in heavy labour activity at the site, where a drain was being built heren on Friday.
When the children saw the NGO arriving, they tried to run away, but were eventually caught. Initially they tried to deny that were on-site labourers, but when quizzed they admitted that they had been carrying bricks and preparing the mixture for construction for the past six days.
They claimed that three of them had been paid Rs 500 each, while the youngest — 9-year-old Muzzamil, who had been working for only a day — was not paid anything at all.
Out of the Rs 500, each of them were paying Rs 100 per day for food and shelter.
“The four children — Muzzamil, Sarfaraz, Mohit and Saddam — had been working at the construction site at Kalkaji for a few days. We had lodged complaints twice with the police but the children always managed to escape from the work site. We were finally able to rescue them on Friday. We have consistently been raising the issue of child labourers being employed at construction sites across Delhi ahead of Commonwealth Games,” said Rakesh Senger, BBA National Secretary.
One of the children, Muzzamil said he came to Delhi only a few days back and started working on the site from Thursday. “But I have not been paid anything,’’ he said.
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The children said they were staying in Chandiwala, near Govindpuri and were working at the site from 9am to 5pm every day.
Another children, Saddam, said he used to carry bricks and had been given Rs 500 six days ago by the sub-contractor.
Kalkaji Police have registered an FIR under Section 23 (cruelty to a child) and Section 26 (hazardous employment of a child) of the Juvenile Justice Act.