Mysuru, June 29:- “Children under the age of 14 should not be made to work as it is a punishable offence,” said Principal District and Sessions Court Judge Suresh K Vantigodi.
He was speaking after inaugurating Anti-Child Labour Day event organised by the District Administration, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Mysuru Bar Association (MBA), National Child Labour Eradication Society at the Institution of Engineers (India) Hall on JLB Road here on Saturday.
“Children were made to work in industries and other fields for lesser wages. It used to ruin their childhood. This event is being organised to create awareness among people to stand against child labour. Poverty is the major reason behind child labour. Children have their rights. They should be sent to school which will mould them to be better citizens,” he said.
“The Education Department and Labour Department should focus on this aspect. Child-rights activist and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi travelled across the country to safeguard child labourers. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for protecting and fighting for children’s right. If you find any child labourer, take a picture and send it to the Police Department and Labour Department. It will help in protecting such children,” Judge Vantigodi added.
“Every child should get equal rights and facilities. They should get compulsory primary and high school education. Though the government has formulated rules, parents too should get involved for the proper implementation of rules. We have not been getting sufficient information regarding child labourers. Children don’t know that they are being cheated by the gullible employer’s and happily go to work. Labour Department has to create more awareness in the society,” said Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar.
Senior Civil Judge and DLSA member-secretary B P Devamane, senior advocate Sundar Raj, Labour Department assistant commissioner AC Thammanna and MBA president Anand Kumar were present. (GK, NGB)