Child labourer rescued

Staff Reporter

She was accused of theft and allegedly beaten up by employer

HYDERABAD: A child labourer Neela, 10, who was accused of stealing jewellery by her employer and allegedly tortured by the latter, was rescued on Sunday.

A spokesman of Grassroots, the non-Governmental organisation that led the rescue team, said an electricity department employee Ravindra Reddy of Yapral in Alwal had employed the girl to look after his granddaughter. He assured the girl's mother Ramulamma, who hails from Nalgonda district, that he would also take the responsibility of her education.

He allegedly gave Rs. 5,000 to Ramulamma and agreed to pay Rs. 5,000 a year towards salary for Neela. The girl had been working in Mr. Reddy's house for the past seven months. Recently, he accused the girl of stealing jewellery from his house and since then was allegedly beating her to recover the same. After rescuing the girl, the NGO approached the Alwal police seeking action against the employer. Alwal Inspector Krishna Reddy said a criminal case was being booked against Mr. Reddy following a complaint from the girl's father. "In addition to Section 323 of IPC, we'll also invoke relevant provisions of Child Labour Act," he said.

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