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Are those hiring child labour being taken to task, asks DCPCR

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has sought a report from the chairpersons of Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) regarding the rigorous punishment for the employers involved in child labour. The move came after the child rights body observed that the cases of award of imprisonment are rare for the employers.

The DCPCR letter accessed by Millennium Post reads that earlier in April 2018, a letter was addressed to chairpersons of all CWCs regarding booking of all the offending employers of Child Labour under provisions Section 75 and 79 of Juvenile Justice (care&protection of children) Act 2015.

The said letter was forwarded with a view to ensure that the offence becomes punishable with imprisonment so as to have a deterrent impact on the unlawful practice of engaging child labour/bonded child labour.

"The Commission would like to be apprised about the cases where action has been against employers of Child Labour under Section 75 and 79 of JJ Act 2015 as per the format enclosed herewith. Cases reported in the period 01-04-2018 to 31-03-2019 may form a part of the report," the letter further said. Apart from CWCs, a copy of the letter was sent to the Director, WCD, Government of NCT of Delhi.

The letter was written by Roop Sudesh Vimal, member DCPCR. In the previous letter written last year, Roop wrote CWCs that the offending employers of child labour should be booked under section 75 and 79 of Juvenile Justice ( Care&Protection of Children) Act, 2015 so that the offence becomes punishable with imprisonment which shall have a deterrent impact on the unlawful practice of engaging child labour/bonded child labour.

"It is therefore advised that the offending employer's engaging child labour be booked under Section 75&79 of Juvenile Justice ( Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015, also so as to combat the menace of child labour and make the city free from instances of engagement of children of tender age as child labour.

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