At least five children, who were illegally engaged in various commercial establishments in West Goalpara, were rescued by the task force formed by the district administration on Tuesday.
A team under the supervision of Snigdha Mither Pangsa, Assistant Commissioner, Goalpara and MK Das, District Labour Officer, Goalpara, carried out the operation in Lakhipur, Boguan and Chunari areas of the district and found all these boys, who are reportedly under fourteen years of age, working in different hotels and shops.
Later, they were produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Goalpara and subsequently sent them to the children home for temporary stay. “A case will be filed against the employers of the children who were engaged as child labourers by the labour office following medical examinations of the victims,” informed official sources.
The findings of the survey which were released in December 2017 encompassed 2283 children in the 7-17 age group from the districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Sonitpur and Nagaon. Out of the total children who were found to be engaged as labourers, 56 per cent were boys of whom 95 per cent were working in tea gardens in the seven districts of Assam.
Through the study it also came to light that of the parents working in tea gardens, 17 pc stated that girls do not feel safe and 72 pc parents reported that girls were harassed by employers while 26 pc parents revealed that their children have gone missing in tea gardens. Fifteen per cent parents reported incidents of child trafficking from tea gardens.