GUWAHATI, April 15 - Four minor girls of Assam were among the 14 victims rescued from three illegally running placement agencies located at Shakurpur area in New Delhi a few days back. The girls from Assam hail from Nagaon, Sonitpur, Karbi Anglong and Goalpara districts.
Of the 14 girls, four girls were rescued from Asheeshan placement agency, four from Ramji agency, two from Anil placement agency and another four from Mandal enterprises.
A team, led by subdivisional magistrate (SDM) from Sarasvati Vihar, on April 12 along with the victim assistance team of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan, labour officials, Child Welfare Committee members and police personnel from Netaji Subhas Place area, raided the offices of the three illegal placement agencies and rescued the minor tribal girls. The other rescued girls were from States like Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Rakesh Senger, project director (Campaigns and Victim Assistance) of BBA told this reporter that efforts are on to repatriate and give justice to the girls, besides bringing the culprits to book. The victims also included those working as domestic helps for as long as eight years. Most of the victim girls were employed under hazardous environment.
In another raid on the same date, a BBA team rescued five young boys from a duplicate chocolate-making unit in Keshavpuram area of New Delhi.