May 2, 2013 : India: Delhi High Court slams Govt. on Child Labour and Trafficking

India: Delhi: Indian Govt. slammed by he High Court on Child Labour and Trafficking


Mr. R. S. Chaurasia, Chairperson, BBA said, “Delhi has become one of the most unsafe cities in the world for children. The worst part is that despite having the laws and policies in place and repeated directions of the High Court and Supreme Court, the Government authorities continue to violate the law by taking little or no action for protection of children. It is high time that the responsibilities of law enforcement agencies are also ascertained and we hope that this direction by the High Court is the first step in fixing accountability of authorities in protecting our children from trafficking, slavery and bonded labour.”

The High court of Delhi, has taken a commendable action for implementation of child protection legislations and elimination of child labour and have imposed a cost of Rs. 10000 on the Govt. of NCT Delhi. Save the children (Bachpan Bachao Andolan) slammed the Delhi Government with a petition for its lack of action on the issue of Child Labour. In July 2009, the High Court directed the government to take immediate steps for the rescue of child labourers whenever cases were being reported; detailed roles and responsibilities of all the govt. departments were also elaborated upon. “If Court’s Directions of 2009 were followed, in the last 3.5 years more than 18,000 child labourers should have been rescued. Majority of children working in the state are in conditions of bonded labour and are also victims of trafficking, argued Ms. Prabhsahay Kaur on behalf of the petitioners.

The High Court took very serious note of the situation and came down heavily on various Govt. departments, including the Police and Labour Departments while also directing the Govt. to file a detailed status report.

source: Media Darbar