Kerala: Women cry foul over ban on tagging children to offices

Rights panel issued order on April 4 based on complaint by activist Shefin Kavadiyar.

KOZHIKODE: The State Human Rights Commission’s recent order banning the practice of government employees bringing their children to the offices to take care of them has triggered a controversy with the majority of working women opposing the order. The rights panel had issued the order on April 4 based on a complaint filed by activist Shefin Kavadiyar against the practice saying that it affected the functioning of government offices. The commission has given time till May to implement the order.

Women employees say that working parents will find it difficult to manage their wards, especially during vacation time, if the order is implemented. The panel should have first directed the government to ensure crèches in offices, they say.
“Leaving a small child alone at home will create a more serious human rights issue than what is said in the circular,” said an employee of Calicut University who preferred anonymity.

As per the circular, children brought to the offices can hinder the staff from discharging their duties to the common people. Children use government file boards and papers, tables and computers allotted for the officers. “We will welcome the circular if the government will find a solution like starting a crèche in the office compound as many IT firms do. It will be difficult for us to abide by the rule otherwise,” P. Padmaja, a school teacher from Malappuram said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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