Anaj Mandi fire: Delhi HC seeks response on PIL seeking enquiry into alleged child labour1 min read . Updated: 12 Dec 2019, 06:12 PM IST
- Several children employed as child labour at Anaj Mandi were killed or injured in the fire
- The petition has been filed by advocate Prabhsahay Kaur on behalf of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Thursday issued notices to the Centre, Delhi and Bihar governments and the Delhi Police on a plea against employment of children at the Anaj Mandi factory where a massive fire on Sunday killed 43 people, including minors.
“That the present PIL has been necessitated on account of the fact that a number of the persons who have been reported dead, those injured as well as missing or trapped in the factory, were minors. Though some newspapers have reported the said fact, the Applicant has credible reason to believe that an attempt to cover up the fact that this is a gross case of child labour is underway at the part of the State Authorities…That the official figure of number of persons died has been reported as 43, however the Petitioner has information that the actual figure is much more, and many out of the dead and injured are children," the petition read.
Alleging that one of the injured minors had disappeared from the burns ward of the hospital, the plea claimed that it indicated involvement of child traffickers.
Several children employed as child labour at Anaj Mandi were killed or injured in the fire due to the lackadaisical and apathetic approach of the state authorities in addressing the problem of child labour, the plea said. “There is a complete lack of commitment on the part of the government to implement the Delhi Action Plan for Total Abolition of Child Labour. The failure to implement the judgment and consequent failure to rescue and rehabilitate child labour is not only a gross violation of the fundamental and statutory rights of these children, but reflects blatant disobedience of the Hon’ble Courts orders," the petition added.
The petition has been filed by advocate Prabhsahay Kaur on behalf of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
The petitioner sought orders for an enquiry into the number of children who were employed in illegal factories at Anaj Mandi. The plea also sought police protection for the injured children and also an enquiry into trafficking.