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Two factory owners land in soup for violating labour act, 12 children rescued – cities

Police on Saturday booked two factory owners in separate cases for employing child labourers, who were rescued during raids conducted by district task force members.

The custody of 12 rescued children has been handed over to their families after conducting their medical examination at the civil hospital.

In the first case, the Daresi police registered a first information report (FIR) against Mohammad Raza of Sardar Nagar.

Arshdeep Singh, labour commissioner and nodal officer of district task force, in his complaint stated that they had conducted a raid at Raza’s factory following a tip-off. “We found seven children under the age of 14 years working in the factory, which is against the law,” he added. The commissioner said, “Employing a child labourer is a crime. We questioned the owner of the factory in this regard, but he failed to give any satisfactory response.”

The rescued children have alleged that the factory owner did not allow them to go out of the unit.

They also claimed that they were forced to work for 12 to 14 hours daily and the owner did not give them sufficient money.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Amrik Singh, who is investigating the case, said the FIR has been registered under Sections 13 and 14 of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, Sections 75 and 79 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, and Sections 16, 17, 18 and 20 of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act against the accused factory owner, who is yet to be arrested.

In another such case, Dinesh Kumar, an office-bearer of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, along with the team of district task force, conducted a raid at hosiery factory Sarvar and Sons in Hargobind Nagar of Haibowal and rescued five children.

Following the complaint of Dinesh Kumar, the Haibowal police have booked the owner of the factory, Ghulam Sarvar, and registered an FIR under Sections 23, 24, 26 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and Sections 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act against him. He has not been arrested as well.

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