In three separate raids and rescue operations across the Capital a total of 83 children have been freed from the clutches of bonded labor and trafficking this week.
According to NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), on 16 October,from Agar Nagar and Prem Nagar regions in North West Delhi, 14 children were rescued from leather units.
They all belonged to Bihar and had been brought to Delhi by traffickers.
The youngest child Rajesh (9) was brought to work in this factory on the pretext of a comfortable life and new clothes and money.
The moment he arrived in Delhi, he was put to work at this unit and as he was new he would make a lot of mistakes and the leather would get wasted.The owner would then beat him repeatedly on the head.
"All the kids rescued were kept in a tiny room that the owners had rented.
The children were given just two meals a day.The working conditions were hazardous as they were in contact with sharp objects and instruments used in cutting the leather," said Rakesh Senger from BBA.
The hands of most of the children were proof of the long hours of labour. The hands were cut and bruised.