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SC: Identify kids working as domestic help

The Supreme Court on Monday directed all states to conduct fresh surveys to identify how many minors worked as domestic help even after the enactment of the Right To Education Act.

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2012 23:06 IST
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The Supreme Court on Monday directed all states to conduct fresh surveys to identify how many minors worked as domestic help even after the enactment of the Right To Education Act.

A double bench said the survey, to be done with the help of local panchayats, would be submitted to the NHRC.

Issuing further directions, the court ordered fresh surveys to be conducted periodically — once in three years — to ascertain how many children worked as bonded labourers.

The survey findings should be made part of a computerised database available on websites.

“A large number of children are working as domestic help in urban and rural areas with no chance of going to schools even though the education from Class 1 to 8 is compulsory under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009,” the court stated.