Minor forced to quit studies to work as domestic help, rescued

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-14 18:34 Mangaluru: A 12-year-old girl who was forced to quit education by her parents to work as a domestic help at the house of a medical student in Babbukatte near Thokkottu, on the outskirts of the city, was rescued by the Childline (1098). Acting on a tip-off, the Childline Mangaluru centre along with labour department, district child protection unit and police acted swiftly, said centre co-ordinator Sampath Katti. Sampath further said that the rescued minor girl hails from a poor family in Kodagu district. Her parents worked as labourers in a coffee plantation in Virajpet. The plantation proprietor's son is a student in one of the medical colleges in Mangaluru, and the girl was brought here to work in his house. It is said that the girl told the team that even though she wanted to continue studies her parents forced her to work as a child labourer. Now, the Childline plans to enroll her in a school. "We will enroll the girl in a school under the 'shaale kade namma nade' programme of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The girl has been produced before the Child Welfare Committee for rehabilitation," added Sampath.