DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 12 (MExN): Immediate Response Team under Dimapur District Task Force (DDTF) on Child Labour under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, conducted rescue of child labours from garages, workshops, hotels and shops from various locations in Dimapur on Wednesday.
A total of 41 children with ages ranging from 10-14 years were rescued from Duncan Basti, Notun Basti, Churches Colony, Khermahal, Golaghat Road and Eros Lane area.
According to a press release issued by CHLDLINE Dimapur, the rescued children were produced before the Child Welfare Committee Dimapur (CWC) along with their parents and guardians. The employers were summoned before the CWC whereby penalty was imposed as per the relevant act and were made to sign bonds declaring not to employ any children below 14 years in the future.
The attendees were also sensitized on the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, Child and Adolescent Labour and Prohibition Act and Right to Education Act.
The Chairman of DDTF on Child Labour, Sushil Kumar Patel who is also the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur shared with the children on the evils of child labour and the importance of education and encouraged the children to pursue education and not to engage or employ themselves in any work so that they can become educated and successful citizens in future.
The task force informed that it will be conducting more rescue operations at regular intervals in different locations and warned that any person found employing children below 14 years of age shall be dealt strictly as per the law which may include fine, imprisonment or both and even cancellation of trade license.
The Immediate Response Team consisted of N. Zubenthung Ngullie, SDO Civil, Dimapur; Pikato Tuccu, District Child Protection Officer Dimapur, Tiamenla, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Subonenba Longkumer, Nodal Director CHILDLINE 1098, Yolise Sangtam, Labour Inspector and CHILDLINE Dimapur.
As per the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, a ‘Child’ is defined as any person below the age of 14 and the Act prohibits employment of a child in any employment including as a domestic help. It is a cognizable criminal offence to employ a child for any work.
Children between age of 14 and 18 are defined as ‘Adolescent’ and the law allows Adolescent to be employed except in the listed hazardous occupation and processes which include mining, inflammable substance and explosives related work and any other hazardous process as per the Factories Act, 1948.