HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR: A total of 369 child labourers have been rescued from various parts of Biratnagar in a period over seven months, said the Forum for Human Rights and Environment (FOHREn) Nepal.
Rescue operations have been intensified in various parts of Biratnagar since April this year as the sub-metropolis aims to declare itself a child-friendly town by 2015, said Nawaraj Niraula, FOHREn programme coordinator.
“Among the rescued, 80 were girls. All of them have been rehabilitated,” said Niraula. “Of the rescued, many belong to poor families, so we are trying to provide them basic education and conduct other income-generation programmes for them,” he added.
Niraula said an agreement has been signed with the concerned bodies to take action against firms, companies, businesses and households employing child labourers.
Children from various districts of Nepal including Jhapa, Morang, Panchthar, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusha, Makawanpur, Dhankuta and various parts of India were rescued.
The children were rescued with the help of various government and private bodies including the District Police Office, Biratnagar Municipality, District Children Welfare Committee, Bar Association, FOHREn, Women Awareness Centre among others.