15th September 2011, New Delhi:- A nation wide campaign against child labour and trafficking called theIndia Action Week (organized by BBA) started from the 12th of September 2011 across 9 states of the country namely, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It will continue till the 18th of September 2011.
India Action Week is BBAs initiative to mobilize the district/ state administration to release child labourers on a large scale through simultaneous rescue operations in several states of the country. The main objective of India Action Week is to mobilize the administrative officials to ensure proper and effective law enforcement of all child labour laws.
BBA has been conducting India Action Week since the year 2008 across the country. During the India Action Week in 2010, rescue operations were conducted in 7 states of the country where 2150 child labourers were identified and 425 child labourers were rescued. While in 2008 almost 15000 child labourers were identified in 11 states of the country and 425 were rescued.
Raju Kumar (name changed) is 10 years of age. He was rescued during the rescue operations of the India Action Week in 2009 from a Dhaba (road side restaurant) in Delhi. After Raju was rescued, he was repatriated back to his family. Raju received his compensation package of Rs .20000/- and is now studying in 2nd standard.
Md. Aslam (name changed), 12 years of age was rescued from an embroidery unit in Delhi in the year 2008. He received his compensation package of Rs. 20,000/- and have opened a shop with the money. Aslam is now studying in 6th standard.
As a part of the India Action Week this year raids were conducted in the capital in various factories rescuing 86 child labourers. 9 children were rescued from Model Town area in North-West Delhi on the very first day of the India Action Week followed by 56 child labourers from scrap and leather factories in Mundka gaon. 21 child labourers were rescued today from beendi, purse factories in the Seelampur area of North East District of Delhi.
Chairperson, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, R.S. Chaurasia said, "We are happy that the India Action Week started with the rescue of 86 child labourers in Delhi. We hope that during this entire week we would be successful in rescuing more child labourers from the 9 identified states. India Action Week does not only mean rescue of child labourers but also filing of complaints. As such we have filed thousands of complaints to concerned authorities regarding child labourers in various parts of the country. We hope that the concerned authorities will act immediately on our complaints."
During the first few days of the India Action Week 86 child labourers have been rescued from Delhi itself. These children were rescued from wire, scrap, purse, beendi factories. 32 children were also rescued from Saharsa Railway station and Hujipur Railway station in Bihar.
'INDIA ACTION WEEK' kicks off with action against Child Labour across the country