Fifty bonded child labourers rescued from Gunny bag factories. Two minor domestic workers saved, but in bad shape.
When such news headlines hog the media spotlight, there is a slight stir in the collective conscience of the people. But in Bangalore, like many other cities, we have all seen them serving us, be it in a hotel, a garage or a construction site.
Bangalore is home to two lakh child labourers as per the ballpark field estimate by NGOs and activists. Every single day, 18 missing children arrive at the Majestic railway station alone, points out a recent study done by a city based NGO.
Nagashima, a vocal voice on child rights in the city and also convener of Campaign Against Child Labour- Karnataka said, “If this is the data coming from one railway station, imagine what we are missing?”