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Shimla-based NGO helps twin sisters rescued from child-labor join school again

SHIMLA- The nightmare of child labor and physical abuse of almost one year have passed for the twin sisters who were rescued from the jaws of slavery from District Sirmaur. The girls of thirteen and a half years belong to the remote and backward area of Kupvi in Shimla district and are poverty-stricken. They were brought to the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital after rescue in February 2017. Their education had become a challenge for a father of six children. 

The NGO said that the girls had received injuries due to inhuman physical assault and sexual abuse by the business family of district Sirmaur where they were forced to work from 4 AM to 11 PM. Sirmaur Police had registered the case under Child Labour Act and POCSO Act and culprit couple was arrested.

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After their rescue, in this tough phase of life, Umang Foundation, a Shimla-based public welfare trust, has come forward to help them complete their education. These twin sisters have been admitted to Portmore School, Shimla and will stay in the school hostel. In a statement to media, Ajai Shrivastva, the Chairman, Umang Foundation, informed that entire expenditure on mess and hostel etc. will be borne by the NGO. One of the twins wishes to become a teacher and other wants to join police.

We have adopted the girls to support them access higher education and will extend all support to them to make their dreams come true,

said Shrivastva.

The NGO had approached the Child Right Commission, which had issued directions to the Education Department.

The education in the school is free but mess and hostel charges are high for the poor girls. Now our Foundation will manage it from generating resources from the society,

said Shirvastva.

The Principal of Portmore School Nisha Bhaluni said,

Keeping in view their background, we will extend some extra support to them. After all, they are like my own daughters.

The area to which they belong is one of the most backward in the entire country and the practice of child labour is very common among the poor people. Little girls have to face abuse also, said Shrivastva.

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