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Khawar for protection of child domestic workers
Jan 20, 2015
Islamabad (Jan 20): Chairperson NCSW Khawar Mumtaz while condemning the barbaric incident of violence on a domestic worker in Lahore that resulted her death in a hospital last night, has stressed for the need of laws for protection of domestic workers as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan.
In a statement issued to the press Khawar said,” Plight of Child Domestic Workers (CDWs) in Pakistan is miserable as they are continuously abused, raped, tortured and killed,” adding Domestic violence on innocent children is the single most contributing factor for the horrible deaths of Child Domestic Workers.
It may be recalled here a child domestic worker in Lahore’s upscale residential area was severely beaten by a university professor and the girl had to be hospitalized due to her critical condition. The doctors later put the girl on ventilator due to her deteriorating condition. The professor later confessed to his crime and put behind the bars. The unlucky girl succumbed to her injuries only yesterday.
Khawar showed concerns that Child Domestic Workers are denied the rights that are enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan such as Articles 11, 25 (3), 25A and even the right to life, merely for the reason of protecting the household sanctity. Khawar urged the government to remove the paradox of family sanctity and monitoring of child workers.
Cases of violence against Child Domestic Workers are on the rise in Pakistan. Since January 2010 to December 2013, about 47cases of CDWs are reported in the media. Culprits of this heinous crime often get bail from the courts due to non implementation of laws. The plight of child domestic workers is alarming in all the four provinces in the country and cases of torture are often noticed in upper class segment of society where child workers are often coerced to work against their wishes.
Khawar regretted the absence of legal framework under which domestic workers can ensure protection of their rights despite the fact that Pakistan has ratified the ILO Convention. “There is a 1965 law which makes it incumbent upon employers to provide healthcare to their workers and there is the Minimum Wages Act of 1961,” says she adding,” Given the changing times and the advances that have been made in labour law in other developing countries, it is imperative that Pakistan make stringent laws against violence on child domestic workers.”