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Child labour rescued in Itanagar

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Aug 27 - Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Childline Itanagar, Child Welfare Committee of Capital Complex and Itanagar Police rescued a minor girl, employed as a domestic help, from the residence of a local here recently. The girl was physically tortured allegedly by her employer.

The joint team reportedly found the shabbily dressed child, aged about 10 years, in a very �pathetic� condition with her hands, arm and back swollen and with bruises all over her body, Childline sources said.

Childline Itanagar was tipped off by an unnamed person, who informed about the ordeal the girl was passing through. The Adivasi girl, who hails from Bihpuria in Assam�s Lakhimpur district, was being beaten up by her employer everyday.

After her rescue, the victimised girl was taken to the hospital for a health check-up and treatment, and then to the local police station for recording her statement before being handed over to a private-run shelter at Naharlagun.

Despite repeated attempts, the police could not be contacted for details into the case.

Childline Itanagar official also remained tight-lipped in giving further details, including the identity of the employer.

�It is common for people from the Arunachal capital venturing out to neighbouring Assam villages in search of domestic help and after paying a few thousand rupees as �advance� to their �poor� parents, the children are brought with the �assurance� to keep them well. But in reality, it does not happen, in most of the cases,� says a social worker.

The local administration had, in the past, issued �orders� on several occasions banning child labour and the Labour Department had also raided few business establishments, including hotels, but there was no perceptible action, except for giving �warnings� in some cases.

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