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12 rescued girls sent to their parents

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They were brought to Berhampur from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh amid security

BERHAMPUR: Twelve minor girls from Kandhamal district were rescued in Andhra Pradesh while they were being transported to Tamil Nadu for allegedly using as child labour.

The rescued girls reached Berhampur by train from Vijayawada on Sunday morning amid security. All of them were from the Daringbadi block of Kandhamal district. They were school dropouts or illiterate. Coordinated effort of ‘Childline’ units in Berhampur and Vijaywada led to their rescue. The rescued girls were produced before the Child Welfare Committee of Ganjam district. As per the directive of the committee, they were sent to their parents in Kandhamal district. The committee also directed the Daringbadi police station to take written undertaking from the persons involved in forcing these children and their parents for this, not to get involved in such act in future. Two persons from a spinning mill in Tamil Nadu, who were involved in this illegal transportation of children, had been arrested earlier by the Vijaywada police. The coordinator of Berhampur ‘Childline’, Prabhu Prasad Patra, said they had received hints about some girls of Daringbadi block in Kandhamal district being transported to other State on Tuesday night. But they could not track down the girls at the Berhampur railway station. Later they got the information that the girls had boarded the East Coast Express. The Vijaywada ‘Childline’ unit was immediately contacted. With the help of police, the Vijaywada ‘Childline’ on Wednesday could rescue the children.

Promised luxurious life

A team led by Mr. Patra visited the parents of the rescued children at villages Saringipi, Patapanga, Sikopata etc of Daringbadi block in Kandhamal district on Thursday. It was found that the minor girls and their parents had been lured by promises of luxurious life, good job and salary.

A team of Berhampur ‘Childline’ rushed to Vijaywada to bring back the rescued children to their homes. According to him, Berhampur has become a major transit point for transportation of children of south Orissa to outside the State.

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