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Hyderabad: NGO rescues child labour victim subjected to domestic violence

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: An NGO on Monday rescued a 13-year-old girl child labour from the hands of retired government employee here.

On a tip-off, tchild rights NGO Balala Hakkula Sangam, along with child line and District Child Protection raided the house of K Bheem Reddy residing in the Engineers Colony at Vanasthalipuram and rescued the child.

According to officials at the District Child Protection Unit, the girl, who hails from Balija Pally of Wanaparthy, was working as a bonded labour at the retired engineer’s house for the last six months after her father, Shankar, was paid Rs 20,000.

Office-bearers of the NGO alleged that the girl was beaten up by Reddy’s wife Jalaja whenever she asked for permission to visit her mother.

Although there was no physical abuse involved, the girl was often subjected to domestic violence.

The NGO upon receiving the information, approached the labour department for the rescue of the child but they said they were busy in the May Day celebrations.

President, Balala Hakkula Sangam Achyuta Rao said, “We approached the labour department for the rescue of the bonded girl but they denied by saying they were busy in celebrating May Day.”

The girl was later sent to Kachiguda girls home and her employer Bheem Reddy was taken into the custody of Vanasthali Puram Police. (ANI)