Mysore, June 12, 2013
“The public co-operation was very important to eradicate the social evil of child labour plaguing the country,” opined Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli.
Speaking after inaugurating a programme to mark World Day against Child Labour organized jointly by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Women and Child Welfare Department, Labour Department and other organizations at Jaganmohan Palace here today.
He said that though the Constitution Act clearly stated that every person in the country had the right to live with dignity, the social evil of child labour continued to plague the country despite the Labour Department tightening its laws.
He reiterated that creation of massive awareness among the people was necessary coupled with proper implementation of rules and regulations.
However, he expressed happiness in dwindling figures of child labour from 90’s onwards, a healthy trend to be reckoned.
The judge expressing apprehension over increased exodus of people from rural to urban area, opined that such a trend was unwelcome as it would possibly push up child labour.
Recalling an incident, he said that in one of the World Cup cricket matches, balls manufactured by a company in Pakistan was rejected as children were employed in the said factory.
A workshop was also organized on the ‘Role of the public in eradication of child labour.’
The children rescued from child labour and studying in schools presented a delectable cultural programme.
Deputy Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda presided. City Police Commissioner K.L.Sudheer, Police Superintendent R. Dileep and ZP CEO P.A.Gopal were the special invitees.