August 03, 2006, HT Jaipur Live
Jaipur, India

The Union government’s ban on the engagement of children as domestic workers has been welcomed by CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, research and Training (CUTS-CART).

The Government, in a notification, has banned employment of children as domestic servants or workers, and as helpers in dhabas, restaurants, hotels, motels, tea shops, resorts, spas and other recreational Centres. The ban, effective from October 10 this year, has been imposed under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986. Government servants have already been prohibited from employing children as domestic servants.

As part of a national campaign in partnership with Save the Children (UK), CUTS- CARTS has been spearheading a campaign in Rajasthan, for the last one year, under a project ‘HumBhi Bachche Hai’ (We too are children) for the cause of the child domestic workers involving 35 schools in Jaipur city and NGOs working on child rights. One of the key points for advocacy, as part of the campaign, was the demand for ban on engaging children as child domestic workers.

“This is a big achievement for the campaign and boost for all those who are working for the cause of children”, George Cheriyan associate director CUTS and Dharmendra Chaturvedi, coordinator of the campaign told HT Jaipur live.

“The Central and State governments should take all measures for the strict implementation of this ban”, they further said.