Nepalese child laborer in shimla

NGO alleges Shimla Police of inaction in case related to exploitation of orphaned minor

Shimla: A Shimla-based Non-Profit Organisation has alleged Shimla Police of hushing up a highly sensitive matter involving exploitation of an orphaned minor girl of Nepalese origin by a local family. The organization feared that there could be the possibility of sexual abuse.

The Umang Foundation made these allegations in a letter to the Director-General of Police (DGP), in which he is asked to order registration of case against the culprit as district police denies to do so.

The district police, on the other hand, justified that the girl was not conscious earlier, but now her statement has been recorded and a complaint was also filed.

The allegations came in a time when the Himachal Pradesh Police Department, especially Shimla Police is struggling to maintain its credibility.

As per allegations, a 17-years-old orphaned Nepalese girl was made to work as a child laborer in the same house for over last six years. Though the owner had admitted her to a government school, she was required to complete all domestic tasks at morning and evening, said Ajai Shrivastava, Chairman of the organization. The owner of the house would allegedly beat her mercilessly almost every day all these years.

Her parents had died long ago and she has no relatives to look after her. A couple of days ago, when the employer lady struck her with a wooden road, the girl tried to end her life by consuming poison. However, with the assistance of the Child Helpline, the girl was brought to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla on time, he said.

It was very clear in the Juvenile Justice Act that no orphan child can be kept with a family or any unregistered children’s Home,

said Shrivastava.

Despite being a clear case of abetment to commit suicide, the Boileauganj Police Station did not register a case, he alleged. He demanded action against the staff post at the police station. 

He said that the younger sister of the victim girl is also working as a domestic servant with a family in Tutikandi area of Shimla town. The second girl also requires a rescue immediately to be rehabilitated in a government home, he said. 

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