New Delhi: Nine children who were laboring away in an illegal factory in Old Delhi found freedom on Thursday after an intervention by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
The children, who were trafficked from Katihar in Bihar, were kept in two rooms and forced to make Christmas gifts.
“These children were working in a manufacturing unit producing shining Christmas decoration items,” said Mr Satyarthi, who along with his team members from Bachpan Bachap Andolan raided the premises in Daryaganj and rescued the children.
The rescued children are aged between seven and 15 years, an activist told IANS.
It was the second raid in which Mr Satyarthi was present since winning the Nobel prize in 2014.
Mr Satyarthi said he accompanied the team members because the activist who had identified the bonded children was in the eye of some of the locals.
“I did not want to give this responsibility of rescuing the children to him as he could have been attacked,” Mr Satyarthi said. “I was once attacked in this area seven or eight years ago.”
“We easily rescued the children after women activists from our team entered the workshop and found the children there,” he said.
The rescued children will be taken to a centre run by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan for rehabilitation.
The workshop, which is located in a narrow lane, has been sealed and a police case has been filed against the absconding owner.
After rescuing the children, Mr Satyarthi also tweeted saying, “Just a while ago, 9 trafficked children were making Christmas decorations for export in this dark room. Now they are free.”
(With Inputs From IANS)