'Law alone can't remove child labour'

He was speaking at a free legal aid camp, organised on the occasion of anti-child labour day celebrations, at BRC auditorium here on Wednesday. The event was organised jointly by District Legal Services Authority, Taluk Legal Service Committee, Advocates’ Association, District Administration Labour Department and Sri Jayachamarajendra Educational Institutes, Mulbagal.

Eradication of child labour system is one of the significant aspect in protecting rights of the children. However, he pointed out that, the issue of child labour was discussed largely at the time of World War II. India and US then had suggested that eradicating child labour system can’t be achieved overnight, and it should be accomplished in a phased and scientific manner, the judge said.

Resolution

Elaborating further on the international rules and regulations formulated later toward protecting child rights, the judge said, in 1979 the members of the United Nations came out with a resolution on child rights. India in 1980 extended educational facilities to the child labours as part of its initiative to protect child rights and eradicating child labour. 

However Justice Aradhya observed that only law can’t rid the society of this evil practice. He called upon the members of society and non-governmental organisations to show humanity and co-operate in this mission. He hoped that the child labour should be thing of past soon and the anti-child labour laws be implemented successfully. He rued that even children are in dark over prevailing laws implemented 20 years back.

Cultural programme

Civil Judges B N Lavanyalatha and Roopashri, Advocates’ Association President Kurudumale Manjunath, Mulbagal Principal Civil Judge Nagarajegowda and Advocates M L Venkatesh, Basheer and M N Srinivasareddy were present on the occasion. Students of National school for child labour presented cultural programmes.

Secretary of Jayachamrajendra Educational Institutue Shankar Singh and labour inspector C H Jayashankar were also present.

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