New Delhi: “I used work from 8 pm to 6 am. The employer assured me to pay Rs 7,500 per month but did not pay anything. A person used to beat the children badly, if any silly misconduct found,” reads the statement of a child, who was rescued from Okhla.The following statement defines the pathetic condition in which the child labourers are working in the city. According to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), last year, more than 20 complaints against child labour were received. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar” In most of the complaints, it was written that there were no security and fire safety inside the factories,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal, an official from DCPCR. He further said that the counselling of several rescued children revealed that they want to study but they have to work mainly due to poverty. “Parents are forced to send their children for work. The conditions in which child labourers working are very hazardous as tragedy can happen anytime,” added Vimal. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceMost of the children who were rescued belongs to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and some other states. In a recent case, three kids were rescued from the plastic unit in Okhla area. The rescuers said that there were no fire safety measures in the factory. The Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in the year 2018, as many as 118 cases were registered in Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. In 2019 (upto May 15), nearly 31 cases were registered. “Under JJ Act, 66 persons arrested last year whereas in current year, 19 persons were nabbed,” Delhi Police data further revealed. Under the child labour act, 15 cases were registered last year in which three persons were nabbed whereas in 2019 (till May 15), seven cases were reported. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that they take regular action on the complaints regarding child labourers. “In many occasions, Delhi Police and SDMs conducted regular raids in different factories after receiving information regarding child labour. We have rescued children and arrested owners in various cases,” added DCP Madhur Verma. Police have also rescued children who are forced to work as maids in various houses. Police sources said that in a recent crime review meeting, it was discussed that strict action will be taken against those who sell drugs, inhalers to small children in the city.
Source: UNAMACivilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, January to September 2009-2018 No military solution to fightingIn the news release, the top UN official in Afghanistan reiterated his call for an immediate and peaceful settlement to the conflict to end the suffering of the Afghan people.“There can be no military solution to the fighting in Afghanistan,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country and the head of UNAMA.“All parties can and should do their utmost to protect civilians from harm, including by making concrete progress toward peace.”UNAMA also called on all anti-government elements to “immediately cease” the deliberate targeting of civilians, particularly with the use of illegal and indiscriminate IEDs, and underscored the need on all parties to uphold their obligations under international law, at all times, to protect civilians from harm.Authorized by the Security Council, the UN Mission works to lessen the impact of the conflict on civilians and issues regular reports on the situation. Since 2012, the civilian causality reports have been prepared jointly with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The findings are based on strict verification regime including in depth investigation into the incidents. According to the quarterly update on protection of civilians, issued on Wednesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 8,050 civilians died or were wounded between January and September, with use of suicide bombings and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-government elements, accounting for almost half the casualties.“Every civilian death leaves a family devastated, grieving and struggling to come to terms with the loss, and each civilian injured or maimed causes untold suffering,” Danielle Bell, the head of UNAMA’s human rights office, said in a news release.Across the country, Nangarhar, Kabul, Helmand, Ghazni and Faryab provinces recorded the highest number civilian casualties, and for the first time, Nangarhar (located on the border with Pakistan) surpassed the capital Kabul in terms of highest number of deaths and injuries.“The worrying rise in civilian casualties in Nangarhar reflects an unacceptable trend that is indicative of how Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of this ongoing conflict,” added Ms. Bell.The report also found that ground engagements were the second leading cause of civilian casualties, after suicide attacks and IEDs. This was followed by targeted and deliberate killings, aerial operations and explosive remnants of war.Of grave concern was the increasing direct targeting of civilians, including ethnic and religious minorities, noted the report.Actions by pro-Government forces resulted in 761 civilian deaths and 992 injures, while 231 civilians perished and 602 were injured in crossfire between opposing fighters.