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6 States get NHRC notice for adopting "lackadaisical attitude" in rehabilitation of bonded child labourers
The National Human Rights Commission observed that 6 States have "adopted lackadaisical attitude" in the rehabilitation of 740 bonded child labourers rescued from various parts of Rajasthan during March, 2013 to July, 2014. Taking this matter seriously NHRC issued notices to Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi.

According to a statement by NHRC it has asked the six states to submit action taken reports within 8 weeks without fail. Justice D. Murugesan, Member, NHRC has observed that no heed seems to have been paid to the miseries of the children.

"The issue of the rescue of child labourers is not merely an instance of employing a child in violation of laws. It is rather more heinous in nature that children are being taken from one State to another, which cannot happen without the involvement of human/child traffickers," Justice Murugesan observed. 

During its enquiry NHRC found that 740 child labourers were rescued. They included maximum 610 from Bihar and the rest 130 from Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. But Release Certificates were issued for only 456 children from Bihar. However, they were not given copies of the Release Certificates by the concerned authorities in Rajasthan.

Release Certificates for 284 rescued bonded child labourers were yet to be issued, which are essential to start their rehabilitation process in their respective States by the concerned District administration. 

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