NCPCR writes to state govt

ADITYA DEV / TIMES OF INDIA GURGAON

GURGAON: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to the Haryana government and recommended the inclusion of sections under the Bonded Labour Act and Child Labour Act in the FIR against the accused Ishwar Kumar Guptas family.

The commission has also asked the state to immediately provide compensation to the child under the law as well as to ensure that child is being admitted to school. Moreover, raising question over the functioning of present child welfare committee (CWC) in the district, which is headed by the deputy commissioner, the commission said the chairmanship should be given to the appropriate authority. The commission asked the state government to institute the CWC under the stipulated provisions.

The NCPCR reportedly showed its displeasure in the way the case was handled by the Gurgaon police and noted that police officials as well as those from child welfare department are not well-equipped to handle such cases. The commission has also recommended that the Gurgaon administration should conduct awareness and sensitization programme of all the officers. The administration has also been asked to ensure proper investigation in the matter.

V K Tikoo, NCPCR member who headed the five-member team investigating the child labour case, said, This letter has been sent to the chief secretary of Haryana government and he has been asked to act on the recommendations.

The inclusion of Bonded Labour Act might spell more troubles for Ishwar Kumar Gupta and his family; those convicted under this act, can face a maximum three years jail term and will also have to provide compensation for the child. It will also be considered a Under Child Labour Act, the maximum punishment is of one year imprisonment.

Commenting on the issue, Gurgaon deputy commission RK Kataria said, I am yet to go through the case, but will definitely take stringent actions after going through it. The new sections would be added as per the law. Kataria informed that there is a CWC existing in the district, which meet as and when any case arises.

The NGO, Shakti Vahini, which runs childline in Gurgaon also submitted a memorandum to the administration demanding similar initiatives to strengthen child rights in the city.

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