Seven teenage labourers rescued in Trichy, sent to children’s home

Seven teenage labourers rescued in Trichy, sent to children’s home


TRICHY: Seven teenagers who were employed by four different establishments in the city were on Tuesday rescued following a joint raid conducted by the child protection officials.

With Tuesday’s rescue, the number of children rescued from April this year has touched 93.

The raid was conducted by officials of the Child Labour Effective Elimination and Eradication Society (Cheers), child line, district child protection unit (DCPU), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and police department. They rescued seven boys employed as labourers in a metal showroom, a garment shop on NSB Road, a sofa showroom on EB Road and an electrical goods shop on SRC College Road. All of them were in the age group of 15 to 17 years. However, the officials could not file cases against the establishments for employing the child labourers as the law permits to register a case only if children below the age of 14 years are employed.

“As per the instruction from the district collector, we have been conducting raids in commercial establishments, and rescuing children below 18 years of age. In today’s (Tuesday) raid, we rescued seven children. Since they are above 14 years of age, we did not file cases against the commercial establishments. However, we warned them not to employ such children in the future,” said Pearline Selvakumar, project officer, Cheers, Trichy.

The rescued children had reportedly dropped out of school after studying up to Class 8 and 10 and were made to work for Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 salary a month.

Later on Tuesday evening, the children were produced before the child welfare committee (CWC). The committee made inquiries with the children about their family background and provided them counselling. Later, they were sent to a children’s home in the city.

“We have told their parents to enrol them in schools so that they pursue their studies. Their children will be handed over to them only after they submit the admission papers to us,” said S Indira Gandhi, chairman, CWC.

The child care protection team has rescued 93 children from April this year in Trichy alone. Most of them were above 14 years of age and forced to work due to family poverty.

“We found that poverty in their families forced them to leave their education and join such commercial establishments. The parents should realise that the habit of sending their minor children for work will spoil their future,” said Pearline.





19-year-old girl alleges rape by photographer

19-year-old girl alleges rape by photographer


RAJKOT: A 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 34-year-old man last week. The accused has been identified as Suresh Dodiya, a resident of Champaknagar on Morbi Road.

According to the police complaint, Dodiya took the girl to Madhya Pradesh and raped her repeatedly. Dodiya, who is a photographer and runs a studio, has been arrested by the women police of Rajkot.

The rape survivor told the police that she has been Dodiya’s neighbour for last three years. She came to know Dodiya after his daughter came to her house to play with her.

After some time, Dodiya, who is a father two children, started calling on her mobile phone and both fell in love with each other. On August 22, Dodiya called her asking her to meet him on Kuvadava Road urgently. She went there to meet him.

“He then asked me to come with him and marry him. I told him that I do not have any belongings with me. But he forced me to go with him. He took me to Ratlam and Javra in Madhya Pradesh where he raped me,” she alleges.

She said that they returned to Rajkot on August 25 and he threatened her to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. But she later informed this to her family members and registered a case against Dodiya at the women police station.




2 more govt schools locked down by parents

2 more govt schools locked down by parents

AJMER: Two government schools here were locked by parents on Tuesday protesting the merger of schools by the education department. A total of six schools were locked by parents and guardians in different parts of the district over the same issue.

On Tuesday morning, parents and residents of Tramway area locked the government middle school and sat on a protest at the main gates of the school. “The school is having a strength of about 200 students and it is merged with Rajendra senior secondary school where students do not find even place to sit,” a parent said.

Other protesters said they want facilities for their children in schools but the merger order has disturbed the education of their children, “The government should complete this process during summer holidays after making sure of proper facilities in the schools,” another parent said.

Partap Bhatta School, another government middle school, was locked by parents and staged protest against the education department, “The school is has a strength of about 138 students and it is merged with the government secondary school in Balupura, where only two rooms are available. Our children do not go to school because there is no place for them to sit,” a protesting parent said.

Teacher associations’ are now demanding to re-examine the order of merging and asked the education minster to involve teachers’ representatives in the committee which takes decision for the merger. “There are schools where six other schools are merged but the infrastructure is not available. We wanted the list be re-examined,” said Vijay Soni, state president of the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh Radhakrishnan.

Meanwhile, officials said teachers who are shifted to other schools are inciting parents and local residents to stage protest against the merger order. “It is not useful to run a school where students are less and teachers are more,” an official said. Parents, however, countered that before implementing such orders, the department has to take them into confidence.




14-yr-old girl alleges rape by 2 youths

14-yr-old girl alleges rape by 2 youths


NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old girl has alleged that she was gang-raped by her neighbour and his cousin. The girl told police that the duo had taken her to their aunt’s house in Meerut and raped her. Later they brought her back to her house before fleeing from the locality.

The girl also told police that she was heading back home from a beauty parlour when the two came up and lured her to accompany them. When she agreed, they took her in a car and drove to Meerut. She said that they had taken turns to rape her. The two have been identified and a search is on to nab them, police said.

A case has been registered at the Harsh Vihar police station in northeast Delhi.




Son kills mother for not serving food

Son kills mother for not serving food


Son kills mother for not serving food
A 58-year-old woman was thrashed to death by her son for not serving him food on Sunday night in Besaniya village of Vyara in Tapi district of south Gujarat. 


SURAT: A 58-year-old woman was thrashed to death by her son for not serving him food on Sunday night in Besaniya village of Vyara in Tapi district of south Gujarat. The woman was thrashed using a stick, kicked and punched by the accused son. The accused also thrashed his 60-year-old father and injured him. He escaped from the location after murdering his mother and police are searching for him.

Sukriben Bhil, resident of Marvati faliya in Besaniya village, was inside while her husband Bachubhai, 60, was sitting outside the house when their son Pankaj, 35, arrived from outside on Sunday evening. Pankaj asked Bachubhai to serve dinner. In turn he was instructed by the father to do it on his own.

Following refusal to serve food Pankaj started thrashing his father with a stick. Sukriben attempted to stop Pankaj and she was also thrashed by Pankaj with stick, kicks and punches. She suffered injuries and collapsed on ground.

After thrashing his parents Pankaj escaped from the location. When checked Sukriben was dead. Police sent the body for post mortem and search is on to nab the accused son. Pankaj is married but his wife left home within few months of marriage since he was unemployed.