The High Court of Rajasthan, through learned judges, Justice Manindra Mohan Shrivatsava and Justice Sameer Jain in the case of Gopal Singh Bareth vs State Of Rajasthan (D.B. Civil Writ Petition (PIL) No. 5383/2020) heard a PIL filed seeking to institutionalise effective machinery and mechanism for rescue and post rescue rehabilitation of all child labourers in the State of Rajasthan
BRIEF FACTS: In order to institutionalise effective machinery and mechanism for rescue and post rescue rehabilitation of all child labourers in the State of Rajasthan, the PIL was entertained by the Court. In the beginning detailed direction was issued by this Court. During the pendency of petition, the parties filed various affidavits and pleadings to bring to the notice of the Court that there were large number of instances of child labour in violation of laws applicable and were many cases of exploitation of children which not only violated the existing laws for protection of children but posed a challenge to the Juvenile Justice delivery system as a whole.
FINDINGS OF THE COURT: During the course of hearing, the court observed that in some of the areas in the State, more and more number of child labour cases had been identified leading to registration of offence and other actions. In comparison to the number of cases in other areas, the high number of cases of offences against children in certain identified areas indicated that in those areas many activities are being carried out by unscrupulous elements by deploying child labourers. According to learned counsel for respondent No.5, two affidavits were filed on 17.12.2020 and 26.07.2021. However, the court could not find any such affidavit on record. The court directed the Registry to verify whether such affidavits were filed by Respondent No.5. If such affidavits were found the record, the court directed the same to be attached with the records of the present case and be placed for consideration on the next date of hearing
JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY – AMRUTHA K