A day long rescue operation was conducted in the urban areas of Udaipur district on 21 April, during which 30 children were rescued from the clutches of rogue employers.
This exercise was conducted by Shailendra Pandya, who is a member of the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Human Rights and in-charge of Child Labour Cell at the Anti-Human Trafficking unit office. The day long operation was planned and executed after the department received reports from Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation, Child Line and various local NGOs who had earmarked the areas where child labour was being deployed. The human rights department, in association with the Udaipur district administration and the police, executed this raid.
The department lodged an FIR against the rogue employers and sent the children to various shelters across the city.
Dhruv Kaviya, Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee, Udaipur and Suresh Sharma, another member of the CWC informed that 28 of the 30 rescued children were sent to Sri Aasra Vikas Sansthan at Titardi and two girls were sheltered with the Balika Grah. Bhojraj Singh, Director of Aasra Sansthan informed that while most of the 30 children were local belonging to the tribal community, 5 children belonged to Uttar Pradesh and 2 were from Bihar. How they came to Udaipur is being investigated.
Members of the Child Line Child Welfare Committee, Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation, Gayatri Sewa Sansthan, Sri Aasra Vikas Santhan, Director of Labour Department, members of the police and administration, including those from Sukher Police Station, Surajpol Polcie Station, Bhuipalpura Police Station, Pratapnagar and Savina Police Station were part of the day long exercise and fruitful rescue operation.
Lalit Singh, Udaipur District Coordinator of Access to Justice program run by Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, New Delhi, said that restaurants, hostels, brick kilns and other shops in the urban area had been identified as employing child labour. FIR under Section 75 and 89 of the Juvenile Justice Act has been registered against these employers. In certain more serious cases of children from other states being employed, FIR under Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code.