RTI impact - No cops to employ minors at home or office
The Special Protection Unit (Women & Children) [SPUW&C] of Delhi Police has issued a notification to ensure that no police officer employs any person aged below 14 years for any task either at a police station or his/ her residence in consonance with the Central Government's Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. Individuals younger than 14 years are prohibited from being employed across the country and anyone found employing such individuals are liable to be penalized by a fine of up to Rs. 20,000 or imprisonment up to one year or both under the Act.
The notification was issued following a Right to Information (RTI) application asking how many police officers were using child labour. Use of child labour by the police officials promotes their utilisation by other sections of the society and the Police Headquarters plans random checks to identify and penalise those disobeying the notification.