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No More Child Play in Circus

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New Delhi:  Circus owners will no more be able to employ children in the circus.

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Central government to issue a notification to prohibit children from performing in circuses.

Citing fundamental rights a bench of Justice Dalbir Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma said: “In order to protect the fundamental rights of these children under Article 21 of the Constitution, we direct the Centre to issue suitable notification prohibiting their employment in circuses.”

Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a NGO, had filed a petition drawing the attention of the court to the widespread prevalence of child labour, including in circuses, and also trafficking in children.

The court further directed the human resource development and the women and children development ministries to rehabilitate rescued children or after proper verification hand them over to  to their parents if they were willing. These ministries will have to file compliance report by June 19.

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