New Delhi: Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari on Monday banned the employment of children in circuses to protect their fundamental rights.

The bench said it is imperative that the government issues notification to prohibit employment of children in this sector. The court also directed the government to conduct raids to rescue children working in circuses and formulate a proper rehabilitation programme for them.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by NGO ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ seeking its direction to the government for rescue and rehabilitation of children below 14 years of age working in circuses.

It also asked the government to file a comprehensive affidavit within ten weeks giving details of the action taken by it in compliance with its order.

The matter was posted for further hearing on July 19.