Ludhiana, Nov. 15
Taking note of the news item ‘Children’s Day is just another day for these underprivileged children’, which appeared in these columns on Tuesday, the district council rescued four minor children involved in begging here today.
The action was taken by the District Child Protection Committee (DCPC) under the direction of Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik.
District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rashmi Saini told The Tribune that a team from the DCPC visited various parts of the city during the day and tracked down four underage children, who were featured in the news report, as they begged at the Pavillion Mall traffic light point.
“The children were rescued on the spot and transferred to a nursery for their future rehabilitation,” she said, stating that the parents of the rescued children, who belong to the BPL category, were also advised not to push their minor children for drudgery and begging.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner has asked the DCPC to take firm action against the threat of child labor and child begging. She has called for strict action against those who force minors into labor and begging.
The news report had pointed out that even the amended Child Labor Law (Prohibition and Regulation), which was in effect nationwide from October 10, 2006, has also failed to meet the target.
A majority of the underprivileged children The Tribune spoke to on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday had no idea about Children’s Day and were the least concerned about it. For those who are only familiar with strong feelings of hunger, which cannot be satisfied for lack of food, cakes and balloons are foreign terms.
Pandit Nehru probably didn’t have it that way when he spoke about his vision of the Indian future. To be able to buy only two meals a day – burdened with a whole day’s grind – these unfortunate children who search for salable material from litter lying around, clean utensils at dhabas and tea vendors, beg in public places, break bricks and do all sorts of things, their little hands and feet cannot even handle, has become a common occurrence in this part of the region.