Sunday, November 13, 2011

"Tea Vendors and others use child labour in public, but nobody takes cognizance. The scraping or Reformation of the present Laws will not eliminate Child Labour."

while addressing stakeholders at the two-day workshop on 'Elimination of Bonded Labour and Child Labour' held at Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute in Memnagar, in Gujarat,the Hon. retired Justice BC Patel, a member of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Delhi, stated recently as per DNA reports, that " The burning issue of child labour has even had Gujarat in the list of states responsible for taking away the childhood of many children. At an age when they should be studying in school, children are found working in the unorganised sector as labourers. However, the current provisions of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, should be scrapped and a new act should be framed to replace it." The words of the Hon. Retired Justice are undoubtedly true to some extent, because the provisions of the present Act are not sufficient to serve the situation. But in my opinion, the remedy is not this alone.Because, it is a matter of facts in our routine life that "Tea Vendors and others in our country use child labour in public, but nobody takes cognizance " Can The scraping or Reformation of the present Laws will eliminate Child Labour, until the Anti- child labour awareness is strengthened in public at large." Being a man of judicial professional, it is also our routine experience that no strict provisions of laws or adjudication of justice has any deterrent effect in the minds of the people effected in that area, unless it is properly implemented and promoted with the proper awareness to the minds of those peoples. Otherwise, no untoward communal incidence would have ever been happened and irrupted in the city of Petlad in District Kheda, immoderately after the declaration of a judgment in Sardarpura Case in Gujarat. In as much as ever Laws and Adjudication are differently seen, explained, and interpreted differently and so on with the different social or political themes of implementation thereon.

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