Labour dept rescues only three child labourers in Feb

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 20:43 IST

Although the administration claims it is working hard to eliminate child labour from the district, the labour department has rescued only three child labourers in the month of February this year from various places despite child labour being visibly rampant.

The gravity of the situation is brought home by the fact that from January 2014 to September 2014 the labour department in the district rescued only two child labourers.

This came to light during a meeting of district task force chaired by additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Girish Dayalan a few days back.

Taking cognizance of the report Dayalan ordered the department to conduct raids regularly and seriously.

ADC also asked the officials of police, health, education and social security departments to assist the labour department in making the district free from child labour.

Officials at the labour department said they received around 50 to 60 complaints in this connection but it was becoming increasingly difficult for them to inspect all of them as they were facing a staff crunch.

They said that department has been working with just two labour inspectors who have to act on complaints and take care of other office works also.

Meanwhile, the city police are yet to nab Wahinder Singh and others, who have been accused of harassing a minor Nepalese girl.

A case against the accused was registered on Saturday under sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and section 32 in The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

The Nepalese girl employed as a domestic help was rescued by a team comprising of officials from the district legal services authority (DLSA), labour department and local police on Friday from a businessman's house in New Vijay Nagar.

The girl had alleged that she was threatened that she would be kept naked many times in the house and also threatened of being thrown outside the house.

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