Hyderabad: As many as 453 children were rescued from child labour, begging and rag picking and missing children as part of Operation Muskan -VII in Cyberabad during July. A total of 205 cases were booked against those employing children for labour work. Officials said of the children, 49 were rescued from begging and the details of 37 children who were known to be missing were uploaded on the Darpan App for tracing their families.
A total of 251 boys and 59 girls who were rescued belonged to Telangana and 132 boys and 11 girls from other States. As part of the operation, teams consisting of law and order, She Team, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and Child Welfare officials raided various industries, companies and other establishments across the commissionerate.
259 kids rescued in Rachakonda
During the month-long Operation Muskan-VII drive in Rachakonda, 259 children, including 82 girls, were rescued from child labour, begging and other places. The teams conducted rescue operations at industries and traced missing children with the help of Darpan App. A majority of the rescued children were from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.
Apart from this, the police registered 32 cases against employers and managements of industries employing children for work. The special drive was conducted jointly by the Rachakonda She Team, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and Child Welfare Department officials from July 1 to July 31. The aim was to trace missing children and identifying potential child labour and adolescents working in hazardous occupations.
According to the police, of the 259 children, 24 were rescued from begging on the roads at various junctions across the commissionerate. “Of the total, 117 boys and 38 girls were from Telangana, while 60 boys and 44 girls were from other States. They were trafficked by either luring them or their parents with money or jobs with high wages. They were brought to the city and made to work under hazardous conditions for minimal wage,” said an official. “The pictures of the children have been uploaded on Darpan App for tracing their family members,” the official added. The children will be handed over to their families soon.
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