13 year old bonded laborer still awaiting justice

Press Release – Issued by SPARC

Islamabad, 29th May 2017: 13 year old child, Irfan Falak Sher, who lost his hand in a fodder cutting machine last April is still waiting for the promises made to him by the government. The boy whose employers allegedly pushed him towards the fodder machine when he asked them for food got his hand chopped in the machine and is still waiting on Rs 1 million promised to him as part of his medical and rehabilitation expenses. Despite the promises made to him nearly three weeks ago he has yet to receive the proper cheque in his name from the government. The first cheque issued in his father’s name has been returned by the bank.

Speaking to the boy’s family it was learnt that despite the family’s compliance with all the necessary formalities, and paperwork, the boy and his family are facing a number of bureaucratic hurdles and delays. Issuance of the cheque in boy’s name will further require registration and certification from the court for the guardianship as the boy being a minor will not be able to draw the money. Irfan’s follow up checkups are long due. Mayo hospital has advised him for hospitalization in order to initiate the process of his prosthetic hand which requires a month long treatment with hospitalization. SPARC’s (Society for the protection of the Rights of the Child) fact finding mission reported about threats being continuously received by the boy’s family for revenge from the land lady’s family involved in the accident. The family fears that as soon as the brothers of the land lady are released from the police lockup, they will take revenge from the family of the victim boy.

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