Minor maidservant rescued in Delhi

January 28th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) An 11-year-old girl, who was working as a domestic help with a Delhi family, was rescued and sent to a protection and care house in the capital Wednesday, an official said.Officials of the Labour Department, Delhi Police and members of All India Democratic Women’s Association rescued the girl child from the family in Paschim Vihar in west Delhi.

An inspector of the Labour Department said the girl has been sent to Nirmal Chaaya, Observation Home for Girls, for protection and care.

Advocate Ashok Agrarwal had filed a complaint against Ravindra Kumar Arya and his wife Sunita, of Paschim Vihar, with the police alleging that the family has employed the minor as a domestic help who is being maltreated.

Arya is a yoga teacher in a government school.

The Labour Department has asked the director of education to suspend Arya for employing the minor as a maidservant and for abusing her.

Employing a child below 14 years by a government employee is a major misconduct under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) act 2000.

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