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Crime Patrol: New life sought for Delhi's rescued beggar kids (Episode 322, 323 on 20th - 21st Dec 2013)

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The Inside Story

New Delhi

Rights Activist Demands Rehabilitation for Rescued Children

A leading rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Aandolan (BBA), has called for the immediate rehabilitation of 13 children rescued by an NGO from forced begging near the diplomatic quarter in the capital. The children, aged between seven and 16, are currently housed in a juvenile home, but Satyarthi believes their case should be handled under the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act to ensure they receive rehabilitation benefits and avoid returning to the cycle of child labor.

The children, wearing torn clothes and bearing signs of misery, were rescued thanks to the efforts of BBA activists in south Delhi's Moti Bagh area. Satyarthi emphasizes the importance of rehabilitation, stating that treating the children under the bonded labor law would entitle their families to financial assistance and lead to criminal charges against those responsible for their exploitation. The BBA had identified 20 children as beggars, but due to the intervention of racketeers, only 13 could be rescued.

The rescued children shared their harrowing experiences, recounting how they were brought from different regions of the country and subjected to physical abuse and deprivation. The activists stress the urgency of providing these children with a new life and breaking the cycle of exploitation they endured.


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