India Law News: Child labour laws in mines have been violated in Karnataka's Bellary district, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) concluded. The commission squashed claims made by the Karnataka government which said that no child labour laws are broken.
At a two day meeting with Southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, the NHRC has come down strongly on Add Chief secretaries and directed them to re-scrutinize the issue and ensure benefits under child labour laws are provided to the victims (children). The meeting was presided over by Justice B.C. Patel, Satyabrata Pal and P.C. Sharma.
has also recommended a monetary relief of Rs19.8 lakh in nine cases of bonded child
labour and custody death,. from the four states.
Justice BC Patel reportedly said, "The state was asked to submit a report to the NHRC in this regard in six weeks," Justice BC Patel, who presided over the proceedings of the full commission meeting, told reporters.
The Commission has discussed host of issues ranging from police administrative faults, child
labour cases, labour
, tribals, rights of elderly persons
, mental health
, juvenile justice
, compliance cases, encounter death cases during an interaction with DGPs, DMs, SSPs, Chief Secretaries and senior officers of four states.
The Commission has also urged the states to furnish reports of the overall conditions in mental hospitals. During an interaction with NGO’s
the NHRC has sought higher role of local NGOs asking them to act as a "bridge" between civil society and the panel.