End child labour, Bangladesh court tells government
The high court here has directed the Bangladesh government to end within a year child labour in a number of industries across the country.
The High Court on Sunday ordered the government to take appropriate steps to stop usury against bonded child labour in practice in the coastal areas victimising fishermen.
The vacation bench of Justice Md Imman Ali and Justice Obaidul Hasan also ordered the labour and employment ministry to stop in a year the production of bidi, traditional hand-made low-cost cigarettes, outside factories, engaging child labourers in houses in Haragachh villages of Rangpur.
In the verdict given on a public interest litigation writ petition filed in 2004, the court ordered the government to amend the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 as it had found inadequate the provision for compensation for child labour and punishment for breach of rules by factory owners who employ child labour.
It also asked the government to pay cash incentives equivalent to wages foregone to the poor child labourers, who would attend schools leaving his factory.