30/01/2015 9:34 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Hyderabad Police Rescues 100 Children From Bonded Labour

An Indian ragpicker searches for reusable materials from garbage thrown on railway tracks in Gauhati, India, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Around 100 children from Bihar who were working as bonded labourers in bangle factories were rescued during simultaneous raids carried out by the city police in various areas in the south zone today.

"Around 100 children in the age group of 6-13 years have been rescued. They were forced to work in bangle manufacturing units. The drive is still going on," said the Deputy Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana.

Ten teams were carrying out the raids, he said, adding that the Telangana government had taken a serious note of children under the age of 14 being employed in hazardous industries.

Some of the employers were also rounded up in the raids. They would be booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Labour Act and the Juvenile Justice Act, another police officer said.

Last Saturday, the police had rescued over 200 children including 10 girls hailing from Bihar who worked in hazardous industries from the Old City and arrested 15 persons.

Most of these children were from Gaya, Jehanabad, Nalanda and Nawada districts of Bihar.

According to the police, they are given advance of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 and forced to work at bangle manufacturing units for very small salaries.