‘Forced’ child labour in Dar-ul-Uloom Sheeri

‘Forced’ child labour in Dar-ul-Uloom Sheeri
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DCWC takes cognizance, summons management for ‘violation’ of child rights

Baramulla: Following rampant complaints and pictures viral on social networking sites about child abuse and forced child in Dar-ul-Uloom Sheeri, District Child Welfare Committee (DCWC) took a strong cognizance and asked the management of Islamic seminary no to exploit and subject poor and orphan children to force labour.

After receiving the complaint from locals and pictures of child abuse, a flying squad team headed by chairperson Shafeq Ur Rehman flanked by PONIC and counsellor District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) visited Dar-ul-Uloom Sheeri on Thursday and asked the management to adhere to child protection rights and summoned its head to appear before DCWC to explain its position.

“There have been rampant complaints of child labour and child abuse in Dar-ul-Uloom, and we received pictures of students carrying big gas stoves to Sheeri market for repair. The children are minors and Islamic students whose hands were blackened with soot,” said Advocate Waseem Hassan Parry, a member of DCPU.

Sources said that some vested interested people who use assets of Dar-ul-Uloom for personal uses hijack the seminary. “There is a rift in managing body (Shoora) and some founding members have been sidelined. People demand thorough probe into the irregularities in the Dar-ul-Uloom,” they said.

“Roll of Islamic and public school of the Dar-ul-Uloom has declined due to mismanagement and irregularities. People have been demanding investigation by the Shaira board members and Muftis of the valley but nothing seems to work,” said a local Imam Bashir Ahmed who was shown exit door from Dar-ul-uloom allegedly by its head Sheikh Abdul Qayoom.