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Now, child employers to face up to 2 year jail term, fine of Rs 50,000

Anyone found employing children below 14 years of age for work will now get up to two-year imprisonment and a maximum fine of Rs 50,000, according to a new law approved by President Pranab Mukherjee.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2016 17:52 IST
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The new law amends Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to enhance the punishment and penalty for employing a child.
The new law amends Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to enhance the punishment and penalty for employing a child. (Raj K Raj/HT file)

Anyone found employing children below 14 years of age for work will now get up to two-year imprisonment and a maximum fine of Rs 50,000, according to a new law approved by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The new legislation bars the employment of “adolescent” -- a person between 14 and 18 years of age -- in hazardous occupations like mines and inflammable substance or explosives.

The law, however, is not applicable for a child working in films, advertisement or television industry. It also exempts a child who is helping his family post-school hours or during his vacation.

The President on Friday gave assent to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016, and the law has been notified, officials said.

The new law amends Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to enhance the punishment and penalty for employing a child.

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It empowers the government to carry out periodic inspection of the places at which the employment of children is prohibited and in hazardous occupations.

A bill in this regard was passed by Lok Sabha on July 26. Rajya Sabha passed the bill on July 19.

The amended Act provides for enhanced punishment for violators. The penalty for employing a child will now be imprisonment between six months and two years (from three months to one year) or a fine of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 (from Rs 10,000-20,000) or both.

The second time offence will attract imprisonment of one year to three years, the Act says.

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