Make scheme to stop exploitation of employed kids: court

September 4th, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Delhi High Court Thursday suggested to the central government to prepare a scheme to stop the growing number of cases of exploitation of minor children employed in households. “The monitoring of functioning of placement agencies would have to be undertaken on a far more rigorous scale to ensure that minors are not allowed to be employed and placed in households.

“We would suggest to the government to seek the involvement of the child rights commission at the centre and state level to formulate a scheme in the area,” observed a division Bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar.

The court also recommended that minors be given free legal aid which will be provided by a special panel of advocates constituted by Legal Services Authority.

The court order came following a letter received from the chairperson of child welfare committee (CWC) challenging a Metropolitan Magistrate’s order dismissing its application for a baby’s custody and allowing a couple to adopt a baby whose mother was a minor maid and a rape victim.

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