Children can’t assert rights, so fight for them: NCPCR chairperson

Children cannot fight for their own rights, so having laws protecting such rights is not enough, people need to be aware of them and fight for them, Kushal Singh, chairperson, NCPCR, said Friday.

Speaking at the 24th edition of the Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture organised by SOS Children’s Village here, Singh, who heads the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said: “Sensitisation of the law on child rights among common people is necessary, still many are not aware of the laws pertaining to child rights. Knowledge of child rights should be widespread as the kids are vulnerable and cannot fight alone for their rights.”

Singh said the NCPCR was working to strengthen laws on child rights.

“We also have asked the government to expand the course of the child labour act to cover children up to the age of 18. Right now, it covers only children up to 14 years old. Children from 14 to 18 years old are also very vulnerable,” she said.

The Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act (CLPRA) should be brought in line with the Right to Education (RTE) Act, she said.

Singh said the right to education too should extend to children up to the age of 18. At present, the act covers children up to 14 years old.

Recalling the contribution of Tara Ali Baig, who headed the SOS Children’s Villages for 22 years from 1967 to her death in 1989, S. Sandilya, president of SOS Children’s Village said: “NGOs like us who are working for child rights are always looking forward for funds from European countries. Nearly 65 percent of our funds are from abroad and 35 percent is from India. If we have more funds from our country it will be more helpful.”

SOS Children’s Village is an international organisation which provides family-based care to children without parents all over world.

In India, there are 33 children’s villages, which provide shelter and family care to nearly 6,500 children.

(Source: IANS)

Maid torture case: No shield against arrest for employers

A Delhi court Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of a doctor and his wife who flew to Thailand for a vacation last month after allegedly locking up a 13-year-old maid in their house in west Delhi and with very little food.

“The anticipatory bail plea is dismissed,” said Additional District Judge I.S. Mehta.

Sanjay Verma and his wife Sumita, both doctors, locked their minor help and left for Thailand March 25. They are still abroad.

Their anticipatory bail was filed by their counsel.

The locked maid was rescued March 30 after neighbours heard her screams.

Ashok Kumar Singh, appearing for NGO Shaktivahini, opposed the anticipatory bail application of the maid’s employers.

Police have lodged a first information report against the couple under the Juvenile Justice Act, Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act and the Indian Penal Code.

The couple is facing charges of employing a 13-year old and physically and mentally torturing her.