Navi Mumbai cops to launch drive to eliminate CL

Article Source :Afternoon Dispatch & Courier

Date of Issue :18th June, 2015

Title of Article :Navi Mumbai cops to launch drive to eliminate child labour in satellite city

Details : The Navi Mumbai police along with HEART (Helping to Educate, Associate, Rehabilitate and Teach) foundation have decided to launch a new campaign to curb child labour in the satellite city.

The campaign, RARE (Rehabilitate, Assure, Restore & Educate) will solely focus on rescuing minors who are working with different factories as workers and with some families as domestic helps. Measures will also be taken to educate and rehabilitate the rescued children.

Suresh Mengade, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) said, “We have left no stone unturned to prevent child labour in Navi Mumbai. Whenever we get to know about this menace we conduct raids to rescue the children and also take legal action against their employers. However, rehabilitation of such children is also very important. Our social service department will work on this long term project to help such children.”

If sources are to be believed, minor boys and girls are still working in several factories and industrial units of Navi Mumbai. In July 2014 the police rescued over 100 children who were working in a cold storage in Taloja MIDC. Around 95 per cent of the children were girls. Most of them were from Odisha, Bihar and Assam and they stayed in some shanties near the cold storage. They were not allowed to come out of that area. The police later contacted with their families in their home towns and handed over the children calling them to Mumbai.

Dr Jayakar Ellis, president of HEART foundation said, “Normally Child Welfare Committee (CWC) takes care of such children. We have decided to help these children in their education so that they gain the ability to fight the world. If required we are also ready to help them financially for other purposes. Several schools, individuals and private companies have also assured to assist us in our efforts.”

When asked what would be the pattern of the helping in their education, Ellis said, “It will depend on the type of the incidents and ages of the children. At the initial stage we ourselves will conduct classes at different places in the city to educate them. Then we will decide the right way to send each child in the right direction.”

HEART foundation along with Navi Mumbai police, launched another campaign ‘PACT’ (Prevention of Abuse of Children & Teens) in 2013, through which they are going around different corporation and private schools to spread awareness about evil effects of consumption of drugs and alcohol.