Org laments prevalence of child labour in state despite ban

ITANAGAR, May 13: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of the North East Human Rights Organisation (NEHRO) has appealed to the state government to impose a blanket ban on child labour.
In a representation to the chief secretary, the NEHRO
urged him to issue an order directing all concerned to stop child labour.
The organisation lamented that despite the ban on it, child labour is still rampant in Arunachal.
“Child labour in Arunachal is found mainly in the form of domestic help, hotel boys, and unskilled workers at garages and other commercial establishments,” it said.
The organization lamented that these children are not only exploited as cheap labour but also subjected to physical abuse, threat and intimidation.
As per the law, the NEHRO said, employing children below 14 years of age in any form of work that can jeopardize the education and development of a child is an offence.
The NEHRO also urged the state government to ensure education of every child aged between 6 and 14 years of age, as mandated in the RTE Act.