New Delhi: Barely a week after a Delhi court asked it to do more to protect rights of children,  the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) is set to launch a dedicated cell to deal with their exploitation.

The special cell will include former women police officers to keep a track on child trafficking and child labour cases involving minor girls. The brothels of city's infamous G B Road area, railway stations and bus stations will be especially on its radar to check trafficking in young boys and girls, DCPCR chairperson Amod Kanth said.

The GB Road area alone has 116 brothels with about 6,000 sex workers from India and some neighbouring countries.

“The DCPCR is also working very closely with National Crimes Record Bureau which, in cooperation with other agencies, is building a national level database to track the children involved in child labour and trafficking," he said.

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann had last week directed Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) set up to protect the rights of women and children to run a realty check and test the efficacy of the criminal justice system in
curbing crimes against the two sections and make extra efforts, beyond what is being done by police and other law enforcing agencies, to safeguard their interests.

She had directed that her court orders be sent to DCW and DCPCR for follow-up actions while expressing her dismay over acquittal due to paucity of evidence of a pimp involved in pushing a minor girl into flesh trade.

The support of civil society organisations and various government departments would also be sought to deal more effectively with the scourge, Kanth said.

The cell will also look into the complaints of child labour and forced child begging. After being rescued, the children will be rehabilitated to their parents or child shelters -- Delhi has around 600 such shelters -- besides
admitting them to government-run schools where they will be able to avail free education as part of the Right to Education Act.

"Here lies a real problem as the issue of child labour, especially, has an economic dimension attached to it. Most of the children are involved in child labour out of compulsion, not by choice and also because of the poor economic condition of their families. This is why they themselves return to their workplace after sometime.

"Until and unless something is done to ensure their financial well being, like a monthly financial assistance of Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000, it is almost impossible to stop it (child labour)," he said, adding that if the families still
send their children for work or make them do illegal things, there should be a clause of penalty.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had mooted the idea of providing the children monthly financial assistance so that instead of spending their entire day cleaning dirt and dishes at road side dhabas, they are sent at the place where they truly belong - schools.

(Agencies)