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NGO’s Heroic Effort: Rescuing Child Labourers in Baksa and Kamrup Metro, Paving the Way for a Brighter Future

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NGO Rescues Child Labourers in Baksa and Kamrup Metro


Sonapur, Kamrup(M), June 9: A successful operation conducted by the officials of Assam, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to child rights and combating human trafficking, led to the rescue of nine children aged between 14 and 17 years from Sonapur, Kamrup (M) on June 9. This effort was carried out in collaboration with other government organizations in Kamrup Metro. Additionally, the NGO rescued three children from Dakhin Kumarikata and Domni market in Baksa district on June 8, with the assistance of local Police, officials from various Departments.

The rescued children were found to be working long hours in various establishments, receiving meager wages that were far below the legal minimum. The NGO promptly intervened and ensured their safe rescue. Following the rescue operation, the children were presented before the Child Welfare Committee and subsequently placed in shelter homes where they will receive appropriate care and support. In order to hold the employers accountable, FIRs have been registered against them by the Labour Department in the respective police stations.

Speaking on the issue, an official from the NGO emphasized the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for every child. They highlighted that each child has the right to quality education and the opportunity to reach their full potential. By joining forces and taking a firm stance against child labour, society can collectively work towards building a brighter future for children, protecting them from exploitation, and ensuring their overall well-being.

Child labour remains a pressing concern in India, despite legislative measures in place to combat it. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 10.1 million children are engaged in child labour in the country. The Indian government has taken steps to address this issue, including enacting the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, which prohibits the employment of children under 14 years old in any occupation. However, the problem persists, particularly in marginalized communities where poverty and lack of awareness contribute to the prevalence of child labour.

Efforts by organizations of Assam play a crucial role in combating child labour and ensuring the welfare of vulnerable children. Their collaboration with local authorities and enforcement agencies helps identify and rescue children from exploitative working conditions. By providing them with the necessary support and rehabilitation, these children can be given the opportunity to break free from the cycle of child labour and pursue a better future.

NGO's Heroic Effort: Rescuing Child Labourers in Baksa and Kamrup Metro, Paving the Way for a Brighter Future

Child labour in India

Child labour is a crime because it violates the basic rights of children and goes against their overall development and well-being. It robs children of their right to education, health, and a safe and nurturing environment. Child labour refers to the employment of children in any form of work that is mentally, physically, socially, or morally harmful to them. In a country like India, where child labour remains a persistent issue, it is crucial to understand the reasons behind its prevalence and explore effective measures to prevent it.

There are several reasons why child labour persists in India. Poverty is one of the major factors that force children into labour. Impoverished families often see child labour as a means to supplement their income and meet their basic needs. Lack of access to quality education is another contributing factor. When children are denied education, they are more vulnerable to exploitation and forced into labour. Additionally, social and cultural norms, inadequate enforcement of laws, and limited awareness about the harmful effects of child labour also play a role in its persistence.

The Indian Government and many NGOs are working constantly to combat this issue and one of the examples from many is the incident that happened in Sonapur, Assam.

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