Child Labourer Returns Home With The Efforts of KSCF

Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

The incident is from Misrauliya village located in Chiraiya block of East Champaran district of Bihar, from where adults and children often move to cities and metros in search of work. Nitesh Kumar, age 13, also moved to Bengaluru in April 2021 in search of work. However, since Nitesh was a minor, he was soon apprehended by the local police in Bengaluru and sent to Bosco Yuvodaya, Gandhi Nagar, a children’s home in Bengaluru.

When the KSCF activists reached Misraulia village on 21st August 2021 for their awareness campaign and follow up visit to their earlier intervention, they were informed of Nitesh being missing by local ward member Shambhu Rai. Hearing the problem of the family, KSCF activist took an application from Nitesh’s family in the name of the institution and worked in coordination with its partner organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) to find Nitesh.

BBA’s team was sent to Bengaluru where they met the local Child Welfare Committee and the Director to clarify the identity of the child and verify the same with his parents. During all these process, the ward member of Misraulia village was also kept in loop. After the necessary procedures, the child’s father Surat Manjhi reached the children’s home in Bengaluru and on 22 September, Nitesh was united with his family and reached his village with the support of KSCF.

On their son’s return, Nitesh’s family members passionately thanked the members of the campaign team.