DIBRUGARH, May 16 - In an embarrassment to Dibrugarh University here, its Deputy Registrar (Administration) Parmananda Sonowal has been slapped with child labour charge under the relevant sections of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016 following an FIR by the office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner here.
Acting on a specific input, a task force team of officials from district administration, Labour department, police personnel and Childline activists raided the Dibrugarh University residence of Parmananda Sonowal yesterday and rescued a minor girl. The child hailing from nearby Beheating Roumari Kochari Gaon was found to be working as a domestic help. Following the rescue, the Labour department lodged an FIR at Sadar PS here and police registered the case (693/18) last night.
Later another two minors – one boy and one girl were rescued by the task force from two separate houses in Boiragimoth Development Colony area. A minor girl of Ushanagar, Tezpur was rescued from the house of one Osman Ali, a former employee of Polytechnic and a minor boy of Helai Gaon, Khatkhati, Moran, was rescued from the house of one Imran Hussain, reportedly an employee of ONGC. The office of the Assistant Labour Commissioner lodged FIRs at Sadar PS under Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016 against Osman Ali (Case No. 692/18) and Imran Hussain (Case No. 690/18) also. All the three rescued are children reportedly from tea gardens.
In the current year, the task force has rescued at least five minors while one rescue was initiated in Banderdewa, Arunchal Pradesh recently by Dibrugarh Childline with the help of Itanagar Childline and officials from Itanagar administration, Labour department and Police of Arunachal Pradesh. The Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri had lamented recently that educated people like doctors, engineers, businessmen, government employees and faculties from colleges too were engaging minors as domestic help despite being aware of its prohibition under the law.