Rourkela : The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Thursday rescued ten minors including seven girls from Odisha’s Rourkela railway station while they were being trafficked to Mumbai.
The rescued minors were all from Katihar district of Bihar. All of them have been handed over to the legal custody of child protection wing of Sundargarh district administration.
The minor children were being allegedly dispatched to work as bonded labour in a construction site on the outskirts of Mumbai city. Two agents who acted as middlemen to traffic the minors have been detained, GRP officials said.
A case has been registered at the local police station under the Bonded Labour (Abolition) Act, 1976 and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, police said.
The abhorrent bonded labour system that was abolished in the country through the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 is still in vogue in many parts of the state as the fruits of government-sponsored poverty alleviation and social security schemes do not reach the targeted section, said child rights activists.