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File report on regulation of placement agencies within 10 days: HC to govt

The PIL was filed by the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi |
October 9, 2013 1:29:07 am

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi government and police to file a status report regarding the regulation of placement agencies in the city within 10 days.

The bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Manmohan was hearing a PIL that sought compulsory registration of placement agencies within a month and compliance of the High Court’s earlier directions on the issue. The PIL was filed by the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan. The court has directed the Centre,Delhi government,and police to submit their responses by November 6.

Appearing for the petitioner,senior advocate H S Phoolka cited the recent case in Vasant Kunj,where a girl was allegedly confined and tortured. Phoolka said: “Such incidents show that domestic workers are being incessantly tortured and these girls are mostly being placed there by placement agencies which are completely unregulated.”

The Delhi High Court had previously issued directions to tackle trafficking of adults and minors from different parts of India to Delhi through these agencies and had directed the Delhi government’s Labour department to register all the placement agencies. The court had said the registration would involve recording the details of those running the agencies and persons who are provided employment through them.

The plea said the High Court’s directions pertaining to “compulsory registration for all placement agencies in Delhi within a finite time” were not followed and “illegal trade of trafficking kept increasing exponentially”.

According to the plea,after the petitioner’s application on August 4,2011,which alleged that the government’s inaction to comply with the court’s directions,the Delhi government had put forth a bill called the Delhi Placement Agencies (Regulation) Bill.

Additionally,the plea said in March 2012 that the court had said the bill should be enacted within a space of 2-3 months,but nothing has been done till now. “In two sessions and nearly 25 sittings,the bill has not even been tabled. The government is completely non-serious about the bill…,” the petitioner said.

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