Minors work as help at CWC chief’s home in Rajasthanjaipur Updated: Dec 21, 2017 18:27 IST
One of the child labourers at CWC chief Saroj Lohiya’s home in Bharatpur. (HT Photo)
Two minor girls have been working as the domestic help at the house of chairperson of Bharatpur child welfare committee. HT captured the two girls cleaning the house on Wednesday morning. When the girls saw the camera, they threw the brooms and ran inside.
The Juvenile Justice Act requires state governments to establish child welfare committees in every district to protect the interest of children. Each CWC consists of a chairperson and four members. The chairperson should be a person well versed in child welfare issues.
In Bharatpur, however, this doesn’t seem true. CWC chief Saroj Lohiya allows child labour in her own home.
She said that the girls’ mother, Narmada Devi, is the domestic help at her house in Rajendra Nagar colony. “She’s unwell for a week and has been sending her daughters to work. I tell them not to work and focus on studies. They are poor so they don’t want to lose on the daily wage,” Lohiya said.
The girls’ father, Uttam Chand, pulls a rickshaw for a living. He has three daughters and a son. The eldest girl passed Class 12 this year. The second will appear for Class 12 in 2018 and the third daughter passed Class 8 in 2016. The son is too young to go to school. The family lives in Koli Mohalla in ward No. 34 of Bharatpur municipal corporation.
“I am unwell so I had sent my daughters to work to those homes where I work as a domestic help,” the girls’ mother told HT. The father said he wanted to marry the two elder daughters so they will not continue studies.
On Wednesday morning around 9, HT got a tip-off about the minor girls working at the CWC chief’s house.
Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Manan Chaturvedi said child labour is illegal. “I will inquire into the matter and will take action if the report is found to be true,” she said.