13 Feb,Ilam: As many as 17 child workers were found to have been forced into labour at more than six dozen restaurants and hotels in Ilam downtown.
An inspection carried out in coordination of District Child Welfare Committee at 79 hotels and restaurants unveiled a better truth of 15 children between 14 to 18 years of age being used for manual labour, assistant Chief District Officer, Sujan Phagole said.
He added that two children below 14 years of age were also found during the inspection. The law bars the use of children below 14 years of age in manual work. The team found out that the two children were living at their relatives’ residences and had been attending school. Of the 15 other children, seven are boys and the rest girls.
Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 2056 stipulates as crime the use of children below 14 years of age in manual work.