July 06, 2012 Kathmandu – Employing minors in factories are common practice in Nepal and other south Asian countries. In a recent raid in some of the factories in Kathmandu and surroundings, more than 134 underage children were rescued from several embroidery factories when the District Administration Office (DAO) Bhaktapur raided there on Monday, according to news report.
The children were pressed into hard labor from early dawn to late night for a very less salary. According to one of the rescued children, 10-year-old Irfan Mukeri of Malangawa, Sarlahai, he worked for 14 hours every day in a congested dark room of a factory, but earned only Rs 200 per month.
Police raided several embroidery factories in Bhaktapur in the presence of an accompanying team of child right activists, representatives from Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) and representatives of District Child Welfare Board (DCWB).
The administrations said that most of the rescued children are from Muslim families and were trafficked from Bihar of India and from several districts of Nepal. Most of them are under aged.
For health check up, all the rescued children were taken to a training center of Agriculture Development Bank at Bhaktapur and are being kept at a shelter of Carnet Nepal at Lalitpur.