HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR: Seven child labourers below the age of 14 were rescued from different hotels of Biratnagar on Thursday.
District police office, Forum for Human Rights and Environment (FOHREn), Women Awareness Centre, Hoteliers Association and journalists aided by Biratnagar Sub-metropolis carried out the rescue operation in different places of Biratnagar today.
Among the rescued are: five Nepali and two Indian children, six of them are boys. A rescue committee headed by Biratnagar sub-metropolis programme coordinator Punam Dahal had initiated the rescue drive.
The rescued children are Eight-year-old Pratima Risidev of Darbesadandi; Eleven-year-old Mohammad Ishub of Katahari VDC-6; three fourteen-year-olds Bhairam Muramu of Sorabhag-8, Buddhin Kisku Tudu and Gopal Marandi of Jahadasisawani-4.
The children were rescued from Biratnagar-11-based Nishchal Beauty Parlour, Mulmi Fresh House, Bhansa Ghar hotel, Biratnagar-10-based Devkota hotel and two tea shops in Biratnagar-14.
The children have been handed over to a transit house in Janapath Tole. “We will soon hand over the children to the concerned guardians,” said Dahal.
A FOHREn study showed that of the 2,781 child labourers in Biratnagar, 765 suffer the worst working conditions. The organisation is also launching such rescue drives in other places of Biratnagar.
Labour Act bans the use of children-below the age of 14 in any risky job and has a provision of six-months prison term or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.