Mumbai: Minor domestic help falls to death from Chinchpokli highrise

Family that hired the teenager likely to face charges for child labour; Mumbai police has registered an accidental death report, investigations are currently on


Akhilesh Yadav (13) fell from the 13th floor of the E-wing of Gundecha Garden, a highrise complex in Chinchpokli, yesterday afternoon. Pic/Shadab Khan

A 13-year-old domestic help fell to his death from the 13th floor of a highrise in Chinchpokli on Tuesday evening. The deceased, identified as Akhilesh Yadav (13), was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The incident took place in the E wing of Gundecha Garden, a highrise complex in Chinchpokli. Yadav used to work in flat no. 1301. On Tuesday afternoon, the security guard heard a loud thud at the basement. He rushed to the site, where he found Yadav lying in a pool of blood. The guard immediately alerted society officials, who reported the matter to the Kalachowky police station. The police reached the spot and rushed the boy to KEM Hospital, where he was declared dead.

However, it is still not known how the accident took place. For now, the Kalachowky police has registered an accidental death report and is investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised over the employment of a minor. Yadav was working for a Gujarati family that lived on the 13th floor. “We are investigating the case and statements of the residents are being recorded,” said Hemant Rade, police inspector at Kalachowky police station. When contacted, N Ambika, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 4 said that the family has claimed that Yadav was 18 years old.

“Prima facie he appears to be a minor. We have asked for an opinion from the doctors. If Yadav is found to be a minor, we will definitely register a case against the family for employing a child,” Ambika said.

Child labour laws

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) of Children Act of 2000: This law made it a crime, punishable with a prison term, for anyone to procure or employ a child in any hazardous employ­ment or in bondage. Article 24 of the Indian Cconstitution prohi­bits hazardous child labour. Addi­tionally, various laws and the Indian Penal Code, such as the Juvenile Justice (care and prote­ction) of Children Act-2000, and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Abolition) Act-1986 provide a basis in law to identify, prosecute and stop child labour in India.

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