India Intelligence Report

SC Asks States to Protect Childs’ Rights


Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) the Supreme Court (SC) has asked all Indian states and Union Territories to provide information on enforcement details of child labor abolition for children aged 6-14. The SC had issued notice to the Federal Government expressing concern for the continuation of child labor. India amended its constitution for compulsory education up to the age of 14 and children under that age cannot work for a living. The court said, "They have to be in school. It is the duty of the States to provide them schools." The Federal Government will set up a National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights to review and examine legal safeguards and recommend measures for effective implementation. It will also be empowered to look into complaints, address them, and suggest changes to laws to protect the Constitution and legal rights of the children.

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