Pakistani Christian lawyer Advocate Jacqueline Sultan, a staunch human rights campaigner condemns the incident of inhumane torture on a child maid. While remarking in this connection, she hailed the apex court’s decision to take Suo Moto notice of the incident. She said that the step taken by Chief Justice of Pakistan will have far-reaching consequences during the efforts to curb child labor.
Advocate Jacqueline said that her mistress oftentimes locked her up in a storeroom at night and kept her starved while torturing her. She said that the alleged culprit, who is wife of a judge, has not been formally charged thus far despite that fact that the victim has mentioned her name in her statement. “There must be strict enforcement of law,” she said while urging for stern action against the perpetrators.
At the same time, Ms. Sultan stressed that the authorities must take effectual steps to monitor each and every child who is employed as a domestic worker. She said that there should be a mechanism to register such juvenile domestic workers, while there must be surprise visits to the houses to check on the state of affairs.
She further advised that whoever is found violating the rights of children, must be apprehended and served justice so that the scourge of child labor is curtailed. She said that such people must be punished so as to set an example for others. She said that it was due to poverty that the parents are forced to let their children serve others for trifling sum. “How can a judge who is protector of law employ a 9-10 years old girl,” she questioned.
Advocate Sultan further urged, “Government of Pakistan and the citizens to join forces in order to protect children who are the future of our country.” She said that the society must stand firm against child labor, “this case needs to be pursued vigorously till justice is delivered to the young child,” she said.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar had taken suo moto notice of alleged torture on Tayyaba. The Chief Justice took notice on media reports that the minor maid servant was allegedly beaten up brutally. Media reported that the matter had been patched up and compromised. However the girl went missing, but was recovered from the outskirts of Islamabad. Police have taken custody of the child.