NEW DELHI: A Child Welfare Committee has ordered a couple to pay a compensation of Rs 37,000 to a minor for employing him as a domestic help. The order by the Dilshad Garden CWC comes a day after the child was rescued from the couple”s Mayur Vihar-I residence.
“The CWC has decided to fix the compensation amount at Rs 35,000, worked out as the minimum wages of Rs 7,000 per month for the five months the boy was with the employer,” stated a copy of the order. “In addition to the wages, a token fine of Rs 2,000 has been imposed on the couple for employing the child,” the order further stated. The employers had not paid any money to the child or his father, it said. The committee also noted that even though he was involved in a few domestic activities occasionally, “the child was not strictly doing household chores as a typical child labourer.”
The child was brought to the capital from Bihar against his mother”s wishes. Taking note of this, the order stated “the employer did not make any serious effort to enroll the child in a formal school. Though the family taught him some lessons by way of non-formal education, the child lost a valuable period of five months.”
“Before coming to Delhi, he was enrolled in a formal school. The employer must compensate for the loss of his education and general development,” the order further stated.After receiving a tip-off, cops from Pandav Nagar police station and members from NGO Shakti Vahini raided the couple”s house on Thursday. Disappointed with the verdict, member of Shakti Vahini have decided to contest the order in the high court. “We do not understand how can the CWC say “he is not a typical child labourer,” said Rishi Kant of the NGO.