Even as Telangana's Labour Department was busy celebrating 'May Day', activists and the police rescued a 13-year-old girl working as a maid at a retired government officer's house in Ranga Reddy district.
On Monday morning, members of Balala Hakkula Sangham, along with the District Child Protect Officer and Childline officials raided the home of Bheem Reddy in Vanasthalipuram, and rescued the child.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that the 13-year-old was working at the house for the past six months, after she was 'sent away' for Rs 20,000 a year, by her parents, and made to work without rest.
â€śThough we informed the Labour Department a day in advance and requested them to come for the rescue operation, they said they were busy with the May Day celebrations. This attitude should be condemned.â€™ Balala Hakkula Sangham president Anuradha Rao told DC.
NDTV reported that the girl was forced to quit school after class 5 and made to work. She was also reportedly beaten up by Reddy's wife, after she asked for permission to take a leave and go home.
â€śI wash clothes and vessels, sweep and mop. Work goes on till 10 in the night,â€ť the girl told NDTV, adding that she aspired to continue her education and become a doctor.
The Vanasthalipuram police registered a case and arrested Bheem Reddy.
This incident comes one week after two HIV positive girls in an Hyderabad orphanage were made to clean a manhole.
Two people from the AGAPE orphanage home in Uppal were arrested by the police last week, after the incident surfaced, and a video went viral on social media.
The video showed a girl wearing a red dress, with her face covered with a grey scarf, immersed in a manhole.
The girl could be seen taking out muck in a mug and pouring it out, even as an adult can be heard in the background issuing instructions to 'remove it quickly'.