Education
 India
Project #2242

Rescue Junction supports street children in India

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
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Rescued Children at Rescue Junction
Rescued Children at Rescue Junction

Hello Everybody!

Greetings from everybody at Rescue Junction!

In this update I want to tell you a story , the Jaipur Bangle factory story, It is a story of systematic organised child labour ,of the buying and selling of children, some as young as seven and the slavery of young people just for the purpose making a profit.

The story begins some months ago when an off duty Railway Protection Force officer noticed 10 young boys in the company of an older man about to board the Howrah to Jodphur Express at Gaya Junction. After questioning them he arrested the older man and admitted the boys to Rescue Junction. They were all successfully returned home under a parental bond and with help from the labour department towards their education.

But from the counselling given by Rescue Junction staff and interviews with the arrested man by the Police a picture began to emerge of a large scheme in the selling and exporting of children which had gone on for years without any hindrance from the authorities. This was all about to change.

Following on from information received a factory in Jaipur was raided and 60 children were rescued. The staff at Rescue Junction however were convinced there were more children being kept locked up , being made to work long hours with little or no pay, being physically abused in Jaipur over 1000 miles from home. Operation "Full Stop" was begun. Over the next few weeks in conjunction with the police and labour department and officials, (some officers working undercover in Jaipur posing as potential customers)  the process began of gathering evidence:names and addresses of factory owners, the child traffickers, and their modus operandi were all carefully compiled and documented.

The traffickers in Bihar would tell parents their children would only have to work two hours a day would be well cared for and earn a stipend. they told them a school was there for them.

They made them sign what they called "travel documents" and paid them 2,000 INR ( about $40) which were in fact "Bills of Sale". As the children's parent were all desperately poor and illiterate, (after being targeted for their very vulnerability) they had no idea what was written on the documents.

The culmination of all this work was  a combined simultaneous raid by the Ralasthan Police and Labour Department  on many factories, the Times of India in Jaipur covered the story,

JAIPUR: Nearly 184 children, who were working as labourers and rescued in Bharatpur, travelled to Bihar by Kota-Patna Express on Saturday night. Two special bogies were attached to the train for the children.

As many as 210 children were rescued in Bharatpur on March 9 and 13. Apart from the 184 children, a few others belonging to Jharkhand and other states had already left for their states but those from Bihar stayed back for seven days in a childcare home in Bharatpur. Majority of them belonged to the age group of 7 to 14 years. A 12-member team from Bihar reached Bharatpur to take the children back to their houses.

When the children were boarding the train for Bihar, they looked happy as they received many gifts from the state government. The government provided the children with two dresses, one bed-sheet, soap, toothpaste and tiffin box with food and biscuits and water bottles for the journey. Also, the government bore the tickets for the journey.

Bharatpur collector Gyan Prakash Shukla said, "We ensured that the journey of the children are comfortable. So we have arranged two special bogies in Kota-Patna Express. We have provided various items that will be useful for the children in their journey."

Moreover, chief minister Ashok Gehlot has given Rs 10,000 to each child as a relief.

Since there are chances that these children would again work as child labour due to certain reasons, the government has also written to the Bihar government suggesting proper tracking of these rescued children along with their rehabilitation so that these children would not work as labourers again.

Some children were rescued on March 9 when they were travelling in Jodhpur-Sealdah Express along with their alleged agents, who were arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP). The others were rescued from the same train on last Wednesday.

The Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (RSCPCR) claimed that majority of the children worked as child labourers in Bhatta Basti area in manufacturing units of bangles.
 

            

You can find out more details and pictures on our Facebook page , the link is below.

In the end 183 children arrived at Rescue Junction .

Several arrests on serious charges have been made and all are in Jail.

Whilst the breaking of this child selling ring is a major achievement for all concerned, indeed a discussion between the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and the CM of Bihar has taken place over this very case, and the measures that both State Governments can take to ensure prevention of such schemes in the future, staff at Rescue Junction are under no illusion of the task that lies before them. This is just the beginning and child labour remains a problem as does child abuse and neglect. I believe if India is going to take its place amongst developed nations this kind of abuse must stop, but I am encouraged by the progress in recent years in India regarding child rights. 

Recently our Chairman Deepak Kumar met with the minister of labour in Bihar personally to start the process of a special school offering free education and vocational training  for child labourers. This may be a year or two down the line, but it is a move in the right direction.

In the meantime we need your support to keep the doors of Rescue Junction open 24 hours for all children, no child is ever turned away . For all these services, for all these children reaching out where there exists no alternative provision costs just $50,000 per year. The centre serves over 3,000 meals a month to street homeless and missing children

Please help us reach out to even more of them.

Support rescue Junction today.

Thank you. 

Sunita

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Faces of Child Trafficking in Bihar in 2013
Faces of Child Trafficking in Bihar in 2013

Hi Everyone,

I hope this report finds you all well!

One of the problems here in India especially here in Bihar is child trafficking.

I will let one of the boys pictured above speak for himself,

“A man came to our village, he promised us work in a factory very far away, he said we would only have to work for two hours a day and we would get 1500 rupees a month ( about $28.00 - less than a dollar a day) and we would be looked after well and get some education. He made our parents sign a document they could not read but he said was just permission for taking us away from home. They gave our parents 2,000 rupees (about $38) , a lot of money for them”

“We left home early the morning and made our way to the train station. We rode the train and it stopped at Gaya. A boy selling water bottles talked to us briefly through the bars of the train window and asked us where we were going. He went away. But within minutes the carriage was full of police shouting and moving quickly towards us, for a moment we were very scared but they spoke to us quietly and said do not worry, but they asked some questions about where we were going and why. The man with us tried to leave, but then one policeman said come with us and outside there were some people who spoke to us very softly and kindly and said come with us. They were from Rescue Junction . As we walked down the platform the last we saw of the man was him being led away in handcuffs. We never saw him again”

Rakesh Age 7

These are the facts . These children were on their way to Jaipur in Rajasthan to work in a bangle factory. In the past we have rescued children from a different factory. They were made to work up to 16 hours a day, were kept in confinement, poorly fed and denied medical care and they were forbidden from leaving the factory compound. If they tried, they were beaten. The document the agent made the parents sign was a deed of sale. It is time, if India is truly going to move into the modern age, for this to stop. With your support you are helping us move towards this goal, albeit at a local level. For the rescued children of course you have changed their whole world. They will be reunited with their families with help towards their education and under legal bonds to ensure they are not sold into labour again, follow up work will be done. Each Child will appear before the District Child Welfare committee, which is actually held in Rescue Junction and his or her best interests will be paramount. On this occasion 16 children were rescued.

We really do need your support, 

Every little helps! 

Thank you,

Sunita  

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Children
Children's Day at Rescue Junction

Hi Everybody,

May I send our very best compliments of the season to you all from everyone here at Rescue Junction.

Here the nights are already becoming cool, and soon will become bitterly cold for a few weeks or so. Of course street children and those living in simple shelters are most vulnerable, particularly young children, so may I draw your attention to a new micro project we have started on Global Giving to help these children.

It is called “Winter Warmth for Street Children in Bihar” and a food blanket costs only $10.00 so thank you for your concern and generosity .

We are so busy these days here at the project, after the Diwali and Children’s day parties, ( the children do not know their birthdays so on children’s day its everybody’s birthday!, please see photo!  We are continuing to admit lost and trafficked children, including one boy from Bangaldesh . Our staff have recently received training in cooperation with the Childline foundation of India. There is a new video on our website, with our own music on our website, take a look! It was filmed recently and concentrates on our work with missing children.

I would like to send our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness in your hearts, and I think it would be good if the children themselves wrote the next update, so look out for that!

Thank you so much,

Sunita

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Volunteers at Rescue Junction
Volunteers at Rescue Junction

Hi Everyone!!

I hope this report finds you and your family all well.

Nowadays Rescue Junction is extremely busy and with our new links with the national agency childline we are getting referrals from all over India, trafficked lost missing and children rescued from child labour. We have reunited 10 children from one place alone, Manali in the Himalayas and working with the police we have smashed this particular child trafficking ring.

It was our pleasure to welcome volunteers , mostly from the University of Lincoln in the UK who helped out at Rescue Junction for a couple of weeks in August. This was as part of our village experience programme which you can find out about on our website. 

Another very important piece of news, you can see a photo on out FB page is that our Child Protection and Legal Services officer. Mr Manoj Kumar has just been appointed chairperson of the newly constituted Child Welfare Committee here in Gaya. This places Rescue Junction right at the heart of working with others in helping to develop child protection networks in Gaya district and beyond.

I want to say that ALL the money we receive from Global Giving goes towards helping the project. As restricted fund we are duty bound to ensure its careful use for the maximum benefit of the children. On October 17th Global Giving are matching donations up to 30%. 

Thank you once again for all your support.

Sunita

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Our Esteemed Chairman, Deepak Kumar -Ji
Our Esteemed Chairman, Deepak Kumar -Ji

Hi Everyone.

Firstly I should mention our esteemed chairman, Mr Deepak Kumar, ( twice  Bodhgaya Rotary Club Chairman and member of various local committees including one against child labour ) received a " Gem of the Nation" award from the former president of India, Dr Kalam in front of 3,000 people in Patna, the capital of Bihar recently in recognition of his work for People First Educational Charitable Trust. Congratulations to him! - a richly deserved award. It may prove to be the first of many for Deepak, a true Social Worker and a strong leader fighting untiringly for Social Justice.

Here at  Rescue Junction we are now receiving a record number of referrals from all over India, due to the centre now being part of the childline national network. These include child labourers found working in the Himalayas, girls being sold sadly often by their own families into the sex trade at 13 years old.

The traffickers and kidnappers get ever creative at ensnaring girls, One such technique is planting a crying girl when they see a young women or girl going to college alone who says she has got lost and please can you take me home as I don't know where it is, please take to me to this address which she has with her. Of course the address is not home but a place where the girl can be kidnapped or even raped.

The childline number 1098 is toll free and is manned 24 hours a day. Calls from children in distress are responded to immediately. 

Did you know the entire running  costs of our centre still comes out at $50,000 a year. I want to thank all of you for helping us keep the centre open. Your kindness and generosity  is much appreciated.

Sunita Kumari

Rescue Junction children send thier thanks to you
Rescue Junction children send thier thanks to you

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Website: http:/​/​www.peoplefirstbihar.org
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
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