Change definition of child labour, NGO tells High Court

The NGO has also suggested creation of a steering committee to “ensure compliance of all laws”.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:September 4, 2014 2:57 am
Save the Childhood Foundation has suggested a change in the definition of ‘child labor’ to include children employed in family-run businesses and manufacturing as well as begging. Save the Childhood Foundation has suggested a change in the definition of ‘child labor’ to include children employed in family-run businesses and manufacturing as well as begging.

Giving a slew of suggestions to tackle the slow pace of rescue of child workers in the capital, NGO Save the Childhood Foundation has suggested a change in the definition of ‘child labor’ to include children employed in family-run businesses and manufacturing as well as begging.

“Lay down a comprehensive definition of child labour as — ‘child labour shall mean the system of employing or engaging a child to provide labour or service to any person, for any payment or benefit paid to the child, or to any other person exercising control over the said child,” is one of the suggestions given to the Delhi High Court by the NGO on Wednesday.

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, who appeared for the NGO, also told the court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw that there was a need for more sensitisation of the police force and the Labour department to tackle the issue.

“The government of National Capital Territory Delhi seeks time to respond to the suggestions. The Additional Labour Commissioner is directed to file further submission before November 5, the next date of hearing,” the court, which also noted that the concerned agencies did not seem to be taking “the needful” steps to rescue child workers, said.

The NGO has also suggested creation of a steering committee to “ensure compliance of all laws”.

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