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NHRC takes note of 23 child labourers rescued in Saraswati Vihar in Delhi on its own initiative

NHRC takes note of 23 child labourers rescued in Saraswati Vihar in Delhi on its own initiative

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India has taken cognizance of a media report circulated on July 5, 2024, stating that 23 child labourers, including nine girls and 14 boys, were rescued from Saraswati Vihar area in Delhiā€™s North-West District. They were reportedly brought to Delhi from neighbouring states and were working in various factories.

The Commission noted that the contents of the news report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of the rights of children. The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, as amended in 2016, prohibits the employment of children below the age of 14 years in any capacity, including domestic help. The Act also makes it a punishable offence to employ a child as a labourer/labourer. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to submit a detailed report in the matter within two weeks.

The District Magistrate (DM), North West Delhi, is directed to submit a report indicating the measures taken as per the provisions of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, steps taken for their rehabilitation and reunion with their respective families and for furthering their education. The DM, North West Delhi, is also expected to inform about legal action taken if any child labourer was kept in bondage.

Earlier, the Commission had also come across complaints/news reports alleging that the owners of the factories in various parts of the national capital were violating the labour laws. In view of this, the Commission also sought to know what action has been taken against such negligent employers. A survey should be conducted in the NCT of Delhi area to know if there are more industrial units where the children are being employed as labourers and what action has been taken against them.

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 11:47 PM IST