Helping the Children in Distress
The safety and security of innocent childhoods is the area where SADRAG has been earnestly working since the year 2010. We are a partner organization with The Child Line India Foundation for District Gautam Budh Nagar, U.P.
Child Line is India’s first 24 hours, free, emergency phone outreach service for children in need of care & protection. It is supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India and operates in 133 cities/districts in 26 States and 3 Union Territories within the country. A distress call at the number 1098 by a victim or a concerned adult ensures immediate help by the Child Line team members.
Since the service operates on definite areas, we ensure that no child in distressed or victimised in the areas of Greater Noida and Dadri in District Gautum Budh Nagar, U.P. We intervene in cases of missing and lost children, violence and exploitation, child and forced labour, physical and sexual abuse or any other situation where basic Child Rights are being violated.
Our main activities span over the following categories:
- Rescue, rehabilitation and support to children in distress
- Generating awareness on Child Help Line – 1098 among children, school and college students, shopkeepers and employers, housewives and family people, working population etc.
- Creating a Child – friendly environment in the District together with the stakeholders such as District Police, Departments of Labour, Health and Education, local administration and civil society.
SADRAG has saved around 250 children from violence and exploitation and has provided permanent home to many children and newborns found abandoned by police and civil society.
Child Line is India’s first 24 hours, free, emergency phone outreach service for children in need of care & protection. It is supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme. The service operates in 133 cities/districts in 26 States and 3 Union Territories in the country. A call by a child in distress or a concerned adult at pan India number 1098 ensures immediate help by Child Line team members.
SADRAG has been a partner with Child Line India Foundation since 2010 for areas in and around Greater Noida, District Gautam Budh Nagar, U.P.
In the capacity of Sub-centre, we are engaged in following activities:
- Rescue, rehabilitation and support to children in distress
- Generating awareness on Child Help Line – 1098 among children and civil society at large.
- Creating a Child – friendly environment in partnership with stakeholders such as District Police, Departments of Labour, Health and Education, local administration and civil society.
Child Line follows a Convergent approach for addressing the children in distress. It works with multiple stakeholders in line that includes police, health, labour, education and civil society at large.
SADRAG has provided support to children in distress in situations such as missing and lost children, violence and exploitation, child labour, bonded labour, physical and sexual abuse and other such instances where Child Rights have been violated. A total of around 700 children have been supported in distressed situations till date. These children are now living in a safe and secured environment.
Following are a few stories where we provided the required help to innocent children:
- Stop Child Marriage
On 30 July 2015, we received a call from Kasna police station in Greater Noida that they had rescued 3 children from a home. The Child Line team reached the police station and met the children, Nirmal, Sonu and Vifan, all in the age group 13-14. During conversation with children, the team got to know that these children were brought from Jharkhand under the pretext of providing a better life. However the person who brought these children to Noida, placed them with a local restaurant owner.
The restaurant owner had a flat in a residential colony in in Greater Noida where food was cooked and supplied to the restaurant in Jagat farm , an upscale neighbourhood market complex. The children were hoarded in the flat for tasks like utensil washing, vegetable cutting, dusting and cleaning the place. Two men lived with the children in that house and they not only forced the children to work but also tortured and beat them physically. When the work was not done, these children were given electric shocks. The men used to pull their nails and tongue when angry. The children were not allowed to step out of the house. They remained in this condition for 8 months.
One day however, a child managed to sneak out of the house and informed the police. The police arrested one of the persons who lived in that flat. The Anti Human Trafficking Unit was involved but the person who trafficked the children absconded. An FIR was lodged with police. The Childline team took the children for medical examination. There were injuries on their bodies that indicated rampant physical abuse.
On CWC order, the Childline team provided a temporary stay to children in an Open Shelter Home in Surajpur, Greater Noida. They wrote to the Labour Department for the recovery of children’s wages.
The police was ordered by CWC to trace the children’s native homes. The parents were traced and they came to take their children back to their home.
The three innocent young lives were rescued on time with an active initiative by the police and Child Line team!
- Inhuman Child Labour
During outreach by Greater Noida Child line in June 2015, a few young children were seen entering the premises of Surya Food & Agro Ltd., a factory that makes biscuits and is situated just opposite the Collectorate, Gautum Budh Nagar. The team members observed that these children were in the age group 13-17. The team followed their movement on the next few days when they also talked with people around the factory and got to know that these children entered the factory at 8 am and left only at 8 in the night. The children worked in the factory and people around the area seemed to know about it.
On a particular day at around 8 p.m., the team members saw about 20 young boys and 5 girls walking out of the factory’s main gate. Consequently, a child labour case was registered on 1098.
The Child Line Noida and Anti Human Trafficking Unit were informed and it was decided to have the rescue operation on 9 July 2015. On 9 July, all the members and police reached the venue but the district labour officials could not come. Therefore the rescue operation was postponed.
On a rainy morning on 10 July 2015, the Childline team reached the side gate of the factory. A joint team of Greater Noida Child Line, Surajpur police and district labour department entered the premises at around 11 am. Young girls were seen at one of the units where biscuits were wrapped as packets. A total of 5 boys and 3 girls were rescued. The administration got to know about the operation and other children could not be seen.
The rescued children were brought to the district hospital and their medical examination was conducted. During an informal conversation with the children, it was discovered that these children lived in Greater Noida with their families. A middleman got them job in packaging and cream departments at the monthly salary of Rs 6000. They worked for 12 hours a day with a half an hour lunch break. They got no off from work, taking off would mean deduction of their salary.
The children’s parents worked in the same factory and wanted them to work instead of going to school. During the medical examination, the age of the children was ascertained between 14 – 16 years.
The labour department refused to take an action against the factory owner in view of the current Child Labour Act that allows children working till the age of 14. Unmindful of the rigid working conditions, middle man role and improper payments, the labour department showed no inclination to take matters further.
The children stayed in the shelter home for a few days before being handed over to their parents.
We shared the case details and plight of these children with the District Magistrate but received no reply. We used print media to highlight the issue. The district labour department was asked for relief and compensation to the effected children and to initiate proceedings against the factory owner for his failure to provide adequate working conditions.
Child Line once again, succeeded in highlighting the hapless 15-17 years old children working in facotires under inhuman working conditions.
- Saving a Child from being Sold
On 21 July 2015, the Child line Greater Noida team received a call from Dadri that the father of a family was selling his own 8 years old son. The mother had complained in Dadri police station. The team rushed to Dadri police station. They got to know that the parents of the child lived separately and fought very frequently. The father was a truck driver and a habitual alcoholic. The mother said that he had sold his son even once before and spread a rumor that the child was kidnapped. The child was then sold to a person in Himachal Pradesh for Rs 20000. However she somehow managed to trace the person and brought her son home after paying Rs 10000.
The child’s father was once again trying to sell his son and the mother came to know about this intentions. The police took the father of the child under custody for interrogation.
The Child line team called for a legal investigation but the mother refused to go ahead with a legal case against her husband. She gave an undertaking that the child would be looked after and there would be no problem. She restored her faith in Childline and said that she would contact the team directly incase her husband troubles her and her son.
The Child line was happy to save a child from being sold off for money by his own father.