September 29th, 2011
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State must ensure migrants labourers social security: HC

migrant-labouresKochi: The High court considering a petition by Juni Mandagi ruled that social security measures are a fundamental right and that such rights cannot be denied to migrant labourers. As per her petition three migrant girls were being illegally retained in Mahila Mandiram at Thrissur. The petitioner is a 20-year-old girl from Rayagada in Orissa.

A division bench comprising Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice CT Ravikumar stated that migrant labourers are entitled to appropriate care and protection by social security measures and the state and central governments have to put in place and operate properly in terms of the commands of the Constitution.

The court directed the magistrate to issue appropriate orders to enable the release of those detained by Mahila Mandiram even after the chief judicial magistrate ordered their release.Right to social security measures is one of the fundamental rights available to citizens guaranteed by the Constitution.

The inspector general of Thrissur range, in consultation with the district collector and social welfare officer, was directed to enquire into the illegal detention issue. The IG has been asked to submit a report covering all relevant matters before October 18.

In the petition, Juni had stated that young women from different states including Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, were being brought to Kerala after being promised jobs. These girls were then employed as maids in houses or asked to look after old persons in homes.



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