A case has been registered against the officials who run the orphanage with around 200 children as inmates in Hyderabad's Uppal area for making teenage girls clean a drain on Saturday. Child labour and manual scavenging are banned in India.
The video shot by a passerby, who alerted the police, shows one of the girls inside the drain cleaning it while the other girls are assisting her.
Police have registered a case under section 75 of justice juvenile act that pertains to physical torture and abuse. Those running the hostel are being interrogated by the police.
The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) in Telangana had rescued 3,000 child labourers in 2016 under Operation Muskaan and Operation Smile.