129 child labourers rescued from zari units in New Delhi

14/12/2005: In a massive raid and rescue operation by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), 129 child labourers working in zari (embroidery) unit were rescued from Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi. Boys, aged between 8-14 years were found working in small dingy rooms, with no light or ventilation. These small rooms were homes as well as workplaces for children trafficked from the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. Zari making and work has been classified as hazardous form of child labour in the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 in India. 

UK pledges $15 billion to education

The UK government has pledged $15 billion in aid to education spanning 10 years until 2015. This was announced by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown during his visit to Mozambican schools where he also met President Armando Guebuza, Nelson Mandela, former president of the neighbouring South Africa, and his wife Graca Machel. 

Ankita, a childhood saved

11 years old child domestic labourer Ankita is a resident of lipti village, P.O Kilkila, P.S Kapu, District, Raigarh, and Chattisgarh. More than a year back a dalal (chacha) brought her from her village along with other children after convincing them that a good future awaited her and that she will get a good salary. The dalal took her to an agency in Sarai kale khan (Delhi) which supplied maids. From here she came to work in Mr. Raju Gusia’s house, an engineer with M.C.D government of India.Ankita has been working here for the past one year.


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