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DCPCR probing if factory owners ask minors to bring more kids

DCPCR probing if factory owners ask minors to bring more kids

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) is probing whether the children are used to bring other kids for child labour in factories.

Also, the child rights body is keeping a tab on the fact that there should be no child labourers employed in marriage functions. Roop Sudesh Vimal, a member from DCPCR, told the Millennium Post that they suspect factory owners are using children working in their factories to lure other poor kids from their native places.

Roop further stated that it is being suspected that before sending them to their villages, the factory owners brainwash the child labourers and ask them to tell a fake story to other kids about the happy life they live in the city and also about their good earnings.

"The idea behind the false story is to convince other kids so that they come to Delhi with child labourers and get involved in hazardous or dangerous works," said Roop.

The DCPCR recently with the help of other stakeholders rescued nine children from a factory in Govindpuri.

"The kids were given 8 to 10 rupees for making more than 140 buttons. These kids were living in one room under the unhygienic conditions. There was no proper toilets and ventilation. A few hours rest were allowed for kids," said Roop, adding that the rescued kids belong to different states. According to DCPCR official, in some cases they found that the factory owners told the kids that after getting rescued they should not reveal their owners' names.

A suo-motu cognizance was taken after a wedding procession's video came in social media in which it is being suspected that the children were holding lighting equipment in Delhi.

"Matter is being investigated to know the facts. The persons who employed children give them less money," said Roop. The police data accessed by the Millennium Post (till October 31) claimed that child labour cases led to the arrest of 37 persons from different parts of Delhi.

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