Members of Immediate Response Team under the Dimapur District Task Force (DDTF) on Child Labour in action Credit: EastMojo Images

Dimapur: In a surprise inspection, the Immediate Response Team of the Dimapur District Task Force (DDTF) on child labour rescued 41 kids from various garages, workshops, hotels and shops in different locations of Dimapur in Nagaland on Wednesday.

The children, aged between 10 and 14 years of age and working as labourers, were rescued from places like Duncan Basti, Notun Basti, Churches Colony, Khermahal, Golaghat Road and Eros Lane area.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Childline, Dimapur, said that the rescued children were produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Dimapur along with their parents and guardians. The employers were summoned before the CWC whereby penalty was imposed as per the relevant act and were made to sign bonds declaring not to employ any children below 14 years of years in the future.

Officials during the rescue operation on Wednesday

The attendees were also sensitized on the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, Child and Adolescent Labour and Prohibition Act and Right to Education Act.

The chairman of DDTF on Child Labour, Sushil Kumar Patel, who is also the deputy commissioner of Dimapur, shared with the children on the evils of child labour and the importance of education. He also encouraged the children to pursue education and not to engage or employ themselves in any work so that they can become educated and successful citizens in future.

The task force further informed that it will be conducting more rescue operations at regular intervals in different locations and warned that any person found employing children below 14 years of age shall be dealt with strictly as per the law which may include fine, imprisonment or both and even cancellation of trade licences.

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