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22 children rescued from spinning mill near Perundurai

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11 boys from Bihar and 11 girls from Tamil Nadu were freed from bondage

AT LAST:Revenue Divisional Officer R. Sukumar interacting with parents of child labourers who were rescued from an industrial unit near Erode on Wednesday.—PHOTO:M.GOVARTHAN
AT LAST:Revenue Divisional Officer R. Sukumar interacting with parents of child labourers who were rescued from an industrial unit near Erode on Wednesday.—PHOTO:M.GOVARTHAN

The police have registered a case against the management of a private spinning mill located near Perundurai under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection Of Children) Act for employing 22 children aged between 14 and 17. A team of officials led by Revenue Divisional Officer R. Sukumar and Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Gunasekaran inspected the spinning mill following a complaint from a non-governmental organisation that the mill was employing children.

Officials found 11 boys, all natives of Bihar, and 11 girls from various parts of Tamil Nadu working in the spinning mill. In the preliminary investigation, it was found that they were being exploited by the management of the mill for cheap labour. “So we have registered a case under section 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act,” Mr. Gunasekaran said.

The administration was planning to register a case under the provisions of Factories Act, as the management of the mill did not obtain a certificate from a medical practitioner before employing the boys and the girls, Mr. Sukumar said.

Officials said they handed over eight girls to their parents and advised them to send them to school.

The others were handed over to the district children welfare committee. “We have already informed their parents and they too will be handed over to them soon,” officials here said.

Officials said that stern action would be initiated against the management of the industrial units, if they were found employing children.

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