Police in southern India rescue hundreds of child workers
Hundreds of children, forced to work in “inhuman conditions”, have been rescued from factories in southern India.
At least 350 children were removed during raids on leather tanning and plastic workshops in Hyderabad, over a 10-day period.
They were working long hours in deplorable surroundings, police said.
Widespread poverty and lack of education result in many children being pushed into work. Sometimes their wages may be promised to their parents.
The authorities said five men had been accused of supplying the young people to factory owners.
Child welfare officials accompanied some of the children on Thursday as they were reunited with their parents in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states.
Nearly 200 others travelled back to Bihar in northern India earlier in the week.