A 14-year-old girl who was working as domestic help at a businessman’s house in Gurgaon was rescued on Wednesday by an NGO and Police from an admirah of the man. The businessman lived in Krishna Colony and had employed the girl from quite some time for domestic help. The girl was immediately rushed to a Civil Hospital. NGO believes that the girl, Shakti Vahini, belongs to a tribal family in the Gumla district and was brought to Delhi through trafficking by an uncle of hers.
According to the officials, the girl had a couple of bruises along with a deep cut on her back. The girl’s legs were also swollen and she had dark marks near her eyes. The case has unwrapped the ugly reality of the uncontrolled menace of child labour that’s prevalent in India despite the child labour laws which make it a punishable offence. According to latest data, India has witnessed a huge drop in the number of children who have been employed as labourers. It has come down from 12.6 million to 4.3 million in the last decade; however, incidents like these suggest that there is still a long way to go.
Child labour is deeply associated to poverty and that’s exactly where the Indian government should be working on. While speaking to the Child Welfare Committee in Gurgaon, the girl told that she was given only two chapattis in a day and was beaten 4 to 5 times daily using a floor mop. She was once also assaulted with a knife. The police is currently investigating and questioning the businessman and his wife.