News Bulletin - January 17, 2018

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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Date : January 17, 2018      

 

29 child labourers rescued

As many as 29 children have been rescued in 10 days under Sarana Balyam, a project launched by the Women and Child Development Department to wipe out child labour and child begging in the State. Launched in Pathanamthitta during the Mandalam season, the project was extended to Kollam, Alappuzha, and Kottayam on January 1. Child rescue forces under the district child protection officers (DCPOs) concerned became operational 10 days ago. Seven boys and five girls from Pathanamthitta, four boys in Kottayam, two boys and girls each in Alappuzha, and three boys and six girls were identified and rescued by the forces.

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20 kids rescued from steel unit in fresh raid in Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial area

In a repeat of last year’s raids in Wazirpur Industrial area, 20 children employed as labourers inside a steel-making factory were rescued by the district task force on Tuesday. The children, covered in sooty clothes, had been picked up from remote villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand and paid less than minimum wages by several village-level contractors. On September 13, last year, the SDM of Saraswati Vihar, along with NGO officials and Delhi Police, had raided a steel-making factory and rescued 32 children. After the raid, the SDM had decided to conduct a recce of Wazirpur Industrial Area to ascertain if the factory owners had followed up on not employing children.

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Baby stolen from Thane civil hospital found, three arrested

The Thane police rescued a newborn who had gone missing from the Thane Civil Hospital four hours since the baby’s birth on Sunday. The police have arrested a woman, who they said had taken away the baby, and two others for allegedly running a trafficking racket. The trio used to traffic newborn babies and had tried to steal babies earlier as well, police said. According to Crime Branch officers, the baby was stolen four hours after birth. “We were looking at multiple suspects, until we zeroed in on one of the women, who allegedly took the baby pretending to be a family member. By the time the family realised what had happened, the woman had left with the child,” said a senior officer from crime branch. A Crime Branch team led by senior police inspector Nitin Thakre began checking railway stations, bus stops and other means of public transport. “We figured that she would want to take the child away from the city. We also realised that the baby would be noticeable, as it was only hours old,” said Thakre.

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JusticeForZainab-Will the uproar translate into lasting social change in Pakistan

Nearly two hundred young people, mostly young activists and students, were protesting for a minor rape victim who was found dead two days ago. They had placards saying “Justice for Zainab”, “Stop Sexual Molestation” and “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” in both Urdu and English, at the Liberty Market Roundabout, located in the middle of Lahore’s posh residential area and surrounded by busy high-ways. These young people chanted slogans like “Zainab’s rape is our rape” and “Zainab we are ashamed your murderers are still alive” in Urdu.

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Case against employer for abusing help

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday said that it has ensured the filing of a First Information Report against a 55-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted his 12-year-old domestic help. The girl was rescued on January 13. The DCW said the minor, who was held captive by her employer and his family, managed to escape from the house in their absence. “Seeing her sitting alone and crying, a passer-by informed the DCW, after which a team of counsellors were dispatched to the spot,” the DCW said in a release. In her statement to the DCW, the girl alleged that she was working at the house since March last year. She was regularly beaten up by all three family members, and deprived of food and wages. “She claimed that the 55-year-old employer asked her to massage his body, including his private parts. She was not given food and was in a terrible condition. She had injuries on her eyes. She said she was not allowed to contact her parents and had not been given any wages till now,” the DCW said.

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Japan Balks at Calls for New Apology to South Korea Over ‘Comfort Women'

Tokyo On matters of history, Japan and South Korea can never seem to agree to disagree. Three days after South Korea said it would not roll back a 2015 accord over women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan rejected on Friday “additional measures” sought by Seoul. The issue even threatened to jeopardize his attendance at the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony next month.

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