2,620 child labour cases filed in the last six years: RTI Report

The RTI further revealed that Mumbai Police was successful in freeing 1,039 children who were made to beg forcefully

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The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, prohibits any child from working and deems it as a criminal offence. However, in a shocking disclosure, it has been learned that in the last six years, around 2,620 cases of child labour were filed in Mumbai. RTI activist Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh had submitted an RTI application and the response to the RTI brought disturbing detail to light.

The RTI activist had submitted a query asking Mumbai Police about the number of cases of child labour filed since 2013. He had also submitted an application seeking information about the number of children who were forced to beg and how many had been rescued.

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Accordingly, Assistant Police Commissioner and Information Officer Ramesh Gavit provide the information to Shaikh.

The RTI further revealed that Mumbai Police was successful in freeing 1,039 children who were made to beg forcefully and had filed 2,620 cases of child labour.

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In the meantime, the RTI activist expressed his concerns and said that children are the country's future and therefore, them  being extorted through child labour is alarming. He pointed out that the government too had a part to protect the children and have failed to fulfill their responsibilities.

He demanded strict action against the criminals to ensure such crimes are not repeated in future.

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