The Child Protection Services (CPS) rescued 12 children from a wire assembling factory in Kathua and the owner has been arrested.
A joint team of officials including the Assistant Labor Commissioner and the Child Protection officer raided the factory.
“The raid was carried out by a child protection committee, constituted by the Deputy Commissioner of Police on Tuesday evening. We rescued 12 children including two girls, from a local factory operating in cable assembling, in Kathua. The factory owner was taken into custody as he failed to produce any document of these children”, said Yadhuveer Singh, the District Child Protection Officer.
The police have initiated an investigation into the matter and the rescued children have been sent for medical check-up and age verification.
“We are currently trying to trace their family members,” Singh added.
After the process of medical check-up gets over, the rescued children will be shifted to Bal Ashram and Nari Niketan.
“These laborers migrated from West Bengal to Kathua in search of work; they were pushed by their parents to work as laborers. These children were working in a fuse factory, without any supervision or guardian,” informed Dr. Raghav Langer, Deputy Commissioner Kathua.