Staff Reporter

SALEM: Five children employed in various establishments here were rescued on Thursday.

A team of officials conducted surprise raids on teashops, restaurants, dhabas, silver anklet manufacturing units and houses in Arisipalayam, Sevvapet, Gugai, Fort and Line Road areas in the city. They rescued two children employed in teashops and three in silver anklet units.

Officials said the Central Government had banned employment of children below 14 years as domestic servants and workers in teashops, restaurants, roadside eateries, dhabas, holiday resorts and other recreational centres. The ban order was issued after it was brought to the notice of the government that children employed in these fields were subjected to physical violence and at times, sexual abuse.

Hence, the Centre had banned the employment of children in these occupations under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. Divisional-level squads had been formed to create awareness among people and abolish child labour.

Officials said two of the rescued children were admitted to Sevvapet Government High School.

Steps were taken to initiate legal action against the employers.