Hyderabad: The crackdown on child labour by the Rachakonda police received a major boost with child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi appreciating the work.
Satyarthi on Friday tweeted ‘Applaud the efforts of Telangana State Police. Together, we can save every child’, tagging the Twitter handles of the Telangana Chief Minister’s Office and that of Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat.
The Rachakonda police had last week rescued around 370 children working in brick kilns in Chotuppal and Yadadiri. “All of the rescued children are from Odisha and were brought to the city to work at the brick kilns. Eleven persons were arrested after cases were registered against them,” Bhagwat said, adding that it was great to get the work acknowledged by Satyarthi and that it would boost the campaign against child labour.
The police had checked close to 15 brick kilns along with officials of Women and Child Welfare Department, Labour officials and NGOs as part of Operation Smile – III.
After rescuing the children were under the care of Women and Child Welfare Department.
“No decision has been taken so far on sending them to their native places. If need be, we will take up the issue pertaining to their education with the government and ensure that a school is opened for them here. Teachers familiar with Odiya language will be appointed,” Bhagwat said.
The Rachakonda police had registered cases under various Sections of India Penal Code and other acts against owners of the brick kilns.
“We have almost caught all the local people who have employed these children. Next our teams will go to Odisha and nab those main persons who are into child trafficking,” he said. He said special teams were now focusing on child trafficking in Rachakonda limits, especially in brick kilns.
Meanwhile, anti-trafficking activist Sunitha Krishnan also tweeted on the issue. While she hoped political pressure ‘will not destroy the good work done by Rachakonda Police’ to end forced labour in brick kilns, she also tweeted to IT Minister KT Rama Rao, expressing hope that responsible politicians would not back the criminals. The Minister replied to her saying “Guaranteed we won’t Ms Krishnan’.