Rourkela, July 11 (LocalWire): The Government Railway Police today rescued ten minors including seven girls from Rourkela railway station while they were being sent to Mumbai.
The rescued minors are from Katihar district of Bihar and have been handed over to the the child protection wing of Sundargarh district administration.
The children were allegedly being sent to work as bonded labourers in a construction site on the outskirts of Mumbai. Two agents who were taking the minors have been detained, GRP officials said.
A case has been registered at the local police station under the Bonded Labour (Abolition) Act, 1976 and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, police said.
The abhorrent bonded labour system that was abolished in the country through Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 is still in vogue in many parts of the state as the government-sponsored poverty alleviation and social security schemes do not reach the targeted section, said child rights activists.