NHRC notice to Bihar govt for child labour

Last Updated: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 19:46

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission
on Monday issued a notice to Bihar government for allegedly making
children serve politicians and wash plates at a function
attended by the state`s labour minister.

After receiving a complaint in this regard, the NHRC
issued the notice to Bihar chief secretary asking him to
submit his response within four weeks.

A Commission spokesperson said the NHRC has seen media
reports and also received a complaint alleging that at a
function organised by BJP in Bihar, minor children, aged 8-12
years, were washing plates and serving meals to politicians.

"The Labour Minister of the state was also present at the
function. It was alleged that the children were paid a meager
amount of Rs 150 per day for providing their services in such
functions," the spokesperson said.

The Commission observed that the allegations contained in
the complaint, if true, raises a serious issue of violation of
human rights of the children and issued notice to the chief
secretary, he said.


First Published: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 19:46

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