eCharcha.Com   Support eCharcha.Com. Click on sponsor ad to shop online!

Advertise Here

Go Back   eCharcha.Com > Current Affairs > Taaza Khabar - Current news


Taaza Khabar - Current news Discuss the latest news making waves...

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 1st, 2002, 07:29 AM
DesiBaba's Avatar
DesiBaba DesiBaba is offline
Chosen One
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Umm..rika!!
Posts: 11,941
DesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond reputeDesiBaba has a reputation beyond repute
Thumbs down Innocence assaulted: The trauma of child workers

Fourteen-year-old Chitra was found with burn marks all over her body after her employer abused her with heated steel rods. Reshma, 12, had boiling water and hot oil poured over her if she was late for work.

The two girls are among hundreds of Indian children who work as domestic helpers and are ill-treated or even tortured by their employers, social activists say.

"They used to physically abuse me. They poured hot water on my face if I did not wake up in time or poured boiling water on my back and hot oil on my knees and thighs," said Reshma, who now lives in a children's home in Bangalore.

Around 6,000 juveniles in the city, most of them girls aged under 15, are housed in homes run by non-governmental organisations after being rescued from their employers by activists.

One children's helpline in Bangalore receives at least four to five calls each day from young domestic helpers who say they are being abused by their employers. "Of the more than 6,000 calls we received over the last three years about 2,000 of them relate to domestic helpers being in trouble," said S. Padma, who works for the Children's Helpline.

Some children are locked up for days or suffer verbal and physical abuse from their employers, who are often wealthy middle-class families.

Shashikala, 11, the daughter of a labourer, was employed by a couple working for the state-run Karnataka State Finance Corporation to cook, clean the house and wash clothes. "I was beaten and bitten by the woman for not cooking on time or when her children complained about me," she said.

"If I used to cry loudly she used to stuff clothes into my mouth and I was not allowed to go out of the house. I complained to the neighbours about the treatment meted out to me."

After being alerted by one of the neighbours, social activists took Shashikala to a police station to register a complaint and placed her in a children's home.

Eventually the couple was suspended by their firm, but no police action has been taken against them. There is no law which stops people employing children as domestic helpers, although government employees are not allowed to hire children under 14.

But there are no stringent penalties for violating the rule, activists said. "There are instances of girls found dead by hanging in the house of an employer and others dying of burns. Will any girl hang herself or burn herself to death?" said Mathew Philip, Executive Director of the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring.

"The government must notify domestic child labour as hazardous." He said there were strict rules on employing children in other areas, such as factories, in the Child Labour(Prohibition and Regulation) Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.

The Child Labour Act bars children below the age of 14 from working in "hazardous" industries such as fireworks and glass-manufacturing.

It is not just girls who are victims. One boy, Sridhar, as punishment for stealing sweets had his hands tied and wrapped in a cloth which was doused with kerosene and set alight, activists said.

Lakshapathi Reddy, director of the Association for Promoting Social Action, said most of the children who were domestic helpers were from very poor families. "In the majority of cases there is no money paid to them for their services. They are just given food for their survival," Reddy said.

He said an umbrella organisation, Campaign Against Child Labour, which is made up of more than 300 groups across the country, planned to stage protest marches to highlight the issue.

"The rights of children are in peril and we urge the state to place the best interests of the child as a priority in all its actions," he said.
Chosen One baby..Chosen One fo life..
kehtay hain waqt har zakham bhar deta hain; magar waqt hi mera zakham hai. Waqt nay mujhay pataa nahi kya banaa diya,varna main bhi kabhi insaan tha..
sometimes I sit and look at life from a different angle,dunno if I m God's child or Satan's angel
Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jaya offers 18 MPs to UPA; Raja files affidavit in SC pleading innocence PeaceSeeker Indian Politics 2 November 15th, 2010 08:27 AM
Respect, Disrespect, Sad, Sorry, emotion, serious, trauma, blame game landyaBhai Philosophy 13 July 18th, 2009 08:46 PM
Gulti Assaulted In US Too viking Taaza Khabar - Current news 24 June 3rd, 2009 01:24 PM
About half of IT workers admit sleeping on the job, kissing co-workers echarcha Jobs 3 September 29th, 2007 03:27 AM
Soldiers and war trauma UMA Taaza Khabar - Current news 0 April 12th, 2003 07:31 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Site Copyright © eCharcha.Com 2000-2012.