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‘Children bore burn wounds’: 58 child labourers rescued from distillery in MP | India News

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NEW DELHI: As many 58 child labourers, including 39 boys and 19 girls, were rescued from a distillery at the Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) with the Association of Voluntary Action, also known as Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), led the crackdown at Som Distillery on Saturday, a release stated.
Som Distilleries & Breweries is an ISO-certified group of companies manufacturing and supplying beer, IMFL (India-made Foreign Liquor) and RTD (Ready To Drink) beverages.
“Children bore burn wounds on their hands from exposure to harsh chemicals and alcohol. They were transported daily by their employer in a school bus and worked 12-14 hours daily,” BBA said.
“The stench of alcohol and chemicals was unbearable. It is unimaginable the children worked in these conditions for such long hours every day. We appeal for strict action against the employers,” BBA director Manish Sharma, who was also part of the team, told news agency PTI.
After the rescue, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mohan Yadav took to X and said strict action will be taken against the guilty.
“Received detailed information from the labour, excise and police departments, and direction has been given for taking appropriate action. Strict action will be taken against the guilty,” the CM wrote.

BBA director Manish Sharma, who was also part of the team, said, “The stench of alcohol and chemicals was unbearable. It is unimaginable the children worked in these conditions for such long hours every day. We appeal for strict action against the employers.”
Meanwhile,despite repeated attempts, Alok Arora, the director of Som Group of Companies, could not be reached for comment, and Raisen collector Arvind Dube also remained unavailable.
(With PTI inputs)




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