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Four minors were working in canteen inside official premises
Delhi Police have registered a case in connection with the rescue of four minors purportedly working in a canteen inside the official premises of MCD Deputy Commissioner (South Zone) in Green Park here last month.
The case has been registered at the Safdarjung Enclave police station under the Juvenile Justice Act and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. Statements of the rescued children have also been recorded by the area Sub-Divisional Magistrate under the provisions of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act. However, a report on their age-determination tests is still awaited.
Meanwhile, police investigations have revealed that the premises inside the said MCD property where the canteen is being run had been rented out by R.K. Puram resident Munni Devi to Mohammad Kamil. The finding was on Monday brought to the notice of the Lajpat Nagar Child Welfare Committee. In its order, the Committee observed that a rent agreement had been executed in August between Ms. Devi and Mr. Kamil.
“It is also stated in the agreement that Ms. Devi is the absolute owner of MCD office canteen in Green Park. A monthly rent of Rs.10,000 was being paid by the lessee. How can a private person claim to be the absolute owner of MCD canteen?” the Committee said.
Through the area Station House Officer, the Committee has also issued summons to MCD Deputy Commissioner (South Zone), Deputy Labour Commissioner (South) and Ms. Devi. “Despite two directions, the MCD Deputy Commissioner has not bothered to respond,” said the order, observing that Labour official concerned or Deputy Labour Commissioner (South) are also yet to submit a report.
The investigating officer has also been directed to submit a detailed progress report specifying how the children were employed inside the MCD premises and to furnish the age-determination test report along with the Sub-Divisional Magistrate order on the next date of hearing — October 19.
The children were rescued by a Labour Department official following a complaint by non-government organisation Sadbhawana Samaj Kalyan Samiti.
The order observed that an NGO worker had also obtained a video recording of at least two children working in the canteen, which was watched by the Committee.