Mangalore, July 11: A child labourer was rescued from a flat in Apartment Heritage near Barke Police Station today.
The boy, aged somewhere between 12 and 15, is Bimalesh of Bihar, who was employed to perform domestic chores in a flat belonging to A. K. Prasad, who is employed as a customs officer in the Custom Department of Panambur.
Dr. Madhukar of ESI in Shivabhag examined the boy and said that he might be between 12 and 15 years of age. The boy’s bones and teeth are yet to be examined and the X rays will be taken in Wenlock Hospital.
The assistant labour commissioner, who visited the flat, said that the boy will be handed over to the Child Welfare Department after the medical tests are done.
Bimalesh told reporters that he does not do house work, but only goes to the market to purchase things. He said that he was attending primary school in Bihar and that he intends to study to become a police officer.
Bimalesh, who has no father, has a sister and a mother who live in Bihar.
Although the team waited for 2 hours, A. K. Prasad did not come home; and his wife, who had brought the boy for domestic labour, opened the door after one hour.