Incident Reports

Five children rescued


Hetauda, 5 balak ko uddhar. HETAUDA: With the initiative of different organisations working in the field of child rights, five children were rescued from Bangalore, India; and a Carpet factory based in Bhaktapur. They were handed over to their guardians today. Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) Child Help Line, Hetauda; rescued Dawa Syantang, 14, Sukulal Bomjon, 13, and Panchharam Lungba of Gadhi VDC of Makawanpur from Bangalore, India. The children, who were in Sorpung Thoisang Narling Dangchhang monastery in Maheshpure, were rescued. They had fled from the monastery after they could not bear the torture from the head of the monastery. According to Jhabindra Gyawali, Programme officer of CWIN Child Help Line, Hetauda, a citizen of Maheshpur had handed over the children to a local organisation, Nirdosh Child Home, while they were getting on the rail from Maheshpur. The guardians said that they had sent their children to India with Sundar Lo of Gadhi VDC for a job there. They added that Dawa was sent some 13 months ago while two others had reached there three years ago. Likewise, two girls of Bharta VDC of Makawanpur were rescued from a carpet factory in Bhaktapur. CWIN, Hetauda, had rescued the minors from the carpet industry in Bode, Bhaktapur and handed them over their guardians yesterday. The minors have been identified as Asmita Chepang, 13, and her five-year-old younger sister Susmita. Locals Urmila Thing, her husband Raju Lama and his younger brother Bijaya Thing had taken the girls to work at the carpet factory with the consent of the guardians in October. After the guardians complained, Central Child Welfare Committee, Kathmandu; and CWIN Help line, among other organisations have rescued the girls. Gyawali said the industry proprietor Serap Lama had given Rs 30,000 to the girls as compensation.