Twelve children were rescued from different places of Mumbai and handed over to their respective guardians today.

Children from 13 to 17 years of age group were rescued in coordination with Child Welfare Committee, Mumbai, Mission Rescue Operation, National Child Rights Council Power Group and RDC, among other organisations.

The children had reached different cities of Mumbai in search of job after their schools were closed due to COVID-19.

With the closure of schools, children from economically poor families had reached India for work.

The rescued children were brought to Kathmandu yesterday after National Child Rights Council took initiative for the same.

According to Rauthat District Police Office, the families' reconciliation with the kids took place today. Of the twelve children, ten were from Rautahat, while one was from Sarlahi and another one from Mahottari.

Police said that guardians should be aware about sending their children to India for work.

The guardians have to give good education to their wards rather than sending teenagers for work.

Law and Training Coordinator at Power Group Dilip Koirala said that the children were at high risk after the closure of schools due to COVID-19 and lack of proper care during the pandemic.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.