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83 children rescued from serfdom

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NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. As many as 82 children, who were working under inhuman conditions in embroidery units running at Badarpur, were rescued by the South Delhi police on Saturday. Three men have been arrested in this connection.

The police received a tip-off that juveniles were being employed in embroidery units at Badarpur. Subsequently, they raided the place and rescued the children from two buildings in which they had been kept. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi), Pravir Ranjan, almost all the children, who are 10 to 12 years of age, were trafficked from Bihar and the accused had given some money to the parents of each of the children for the same. He informed that three men, identified as Jeevan, Ram Naresh and Inder Singh, were arrested during the operation. The police are trying to identify others who brought the children to the Capital.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Special Cell had rescued 43 children from an embroidery unit running at Sarita Vihar in South Delhi. In that case also, the juveniles were trafficked from Bihar, mostly Sitamarhi.

The unit owner, who was from Sitamarhi, disclosed that he had brought the children on the pretext of imparting them training in embroidery. Several of these children were working in that unit for the past three years against a meagre salary of about Rs. 300 and three-quarter meal.

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