The Bombay High Court Thursday suggested that the state government could maintain data of births in the state and check how many of the children born in the state attend school after five years.
“You have to see where these children have gone, if they have not gone to school,” Justice Naresh Patil said. The court was hearing a PIL seeking to rid the state of child labour.
The court said the task was not a difficult one and added: “That (the number of children not attending schools) could be the answer to many ills, including human trafficking.”
The court asked the state to furnish the details of funds allocated for rehabilitation of rescued child labourers.
Amicus curiae Rebecca Gonsalvez said according to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Amendment Rules, the state government is required to allocate Rs 5,000 and recover Rs 20,000 from the errant employers for rehabilitation of the rescued child labourers.