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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Seven Children Rescued from Malda Station


Malda November 9, 2012: 7 children were rescued from Malda Town Station before they were sent to North India as migrated labourers. All of them belonged to 13-17 years of age. Members of Child Welfare Committee and Child Line were assaulted by the agents while thwarting the children to be sent before police intervened to rescue them.

It may be recalled that Malda is one of the major centre of supplying labors in North and Western India. Every year more than 3 lakhs of people migrate to other states to try their luck. Apart from construction works, the laborers are employed in setting up towers, making road et al. Of late many minor children join this exodus at the behest of their parents. Social Welfare Department has been campaigning for long against the child laborers.

Child Line, an organization of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of the district under Social Welfare Department has been monitoring the trains going to New Delhi or Western India to rescue such child labourers. Last night the volunteers of Child Line first rescued three children ----Samiul Haque (13), Sajahan Haque (14) and Mainul Haque (14). 

All were hailing from Pirganj of Ratua and were going to Delhi by Farakka Express. But when the children were detained a group of 20-25 persons including the labour contractors and the other labourers gheraoed the volunteers. They were assaulted with the pressure to release the children. Even the Railway Police could not rescue them. Information was sent to CWC and a large police force came to rescue the volunteers as well as the child labourers. Later in a similar move four more children Rashid Ali (17), Alimuddin Sk (15), Najimul Haque (14) and Jasim Ali (15) were detained by the Child Line volunteers. They were coming from Karandighi of North Dinajpur. They were going to Kolkata and from there to other states.

Subhamoy Basu of CWC said, “The children would be handed over to their parents”. He added that so far 62 children were rescued from railway station by Child Line since July this year.      

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