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Four minor girls from Assam rescued in Delhi

By Sanjoy Ray

GUWAHATI, June 14 - In a joint raid, Delhi Police and national NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) have rescued 20 children from the national capital in the last few days, including four minor girls from Assam.

As per the new Central Government guidelines, the victims, as they were rescued from placement agency, would be eligible for a compensation of Rs 3 lakh each under the Bonded Labour Act. The compensation amount will be paid by the Centre under a centralised mechanism within a specific time after the court judgement.

Two human traffickers responsible for the trading of the minor girls from Assam were also arrested during the operation which was conducted with the support of the Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police in New Delhi.

The minor girls from Assam � all aged less than 18 years � were not paid their dues for the last several months and were neither allowed to return home. After the girls refused to work, they were kept confined by placement agencies in New Delhi.

Rakesh Senger, head of operation and victim assistance of the BBA told The Assam Tribune that the rescued girls hail from Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts and were brought to New Delhi and sold to placement agencies there around two to three years back.

�The girls from Assam were rescued during a raid conducted as part of the anti-human trafficking action week which ended on June 13. They were rescued from a placement agency a couple of days back,� Senger said.

�Even if the bare minimum pay is considered, these girls are to get at least two lakh rupees each from their employers or placement agencies,� he pointed out. He said that cases have been registered under Section 370 IPC, Bonded Labour Act and the Juvenile Justice Act and would be tried in the court of Sub Divisional Magistrate (New Delhi) on a fast-track basis.

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