Sunday, March 22, 2009


Right to Education Task Force (RETF) is a group of volunteers intervening into the matter of complaints of parents, students and social activists etc. relating to the problems involving violation of child rights being faced by the students/parents with private as well as with government schools primarily in Delhi, and also in other states/union territories of India. The complaints are handled by the legal experts. All services are totally voluntary & free of cost. One can write to RETF at Email: and/or to The Convener, Right to Education Task Force, 478-479, Lawyers Chambers, Western Wing, Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi-110054 (India). Complaints can also be lodged at HELPLINES- 09811101923, 011-23384000, 09868529459.

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
Convener, RETF

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Saturday, 14 March 2009 at about 12.30 pm in front of a Hindu Temple near Deepali Chowk, Outer Ring Road, North-West Delhi, India several tender age children can be seen rolling themselves on the summer hot road under the dictates of their parents covering distance of around 200 meters in order to reach at the gate of the temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity. These tender age children are the children of the people of the poor and marginalized sections. The parents are literally forcing them to adopt such inhuman and derogatory practice in the hope & belief of being awarded with material prosperity so to compete with the rest of the world. Interestingly, hundreds of passing by rich and wealthy sections of people are just not interested in the world of these poor and unfortunate children.

Such practice is derogatory to the dignity and rights of the child. It exposes and willfully neglects the child in the manner likely to cause such child unnecessary mental and physical suffering. Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 makes such an act punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or fine, or with both. Article 39 (f) of the Constitution of India provides that the State shall, in particular, direct its policy towards securing that children are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity and that childhood and youth are protected against exploitation and against moral and material abandonment. Article 51A (h) of the Constitution of India provides that it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform.

The Government is constitutionally obliged to protect the rights of the children. It is well said that the children are the future of the country. However, one can imagine that with such kind of inhuman practice, what kind of future we are going to have. Therefore, the Government must take immediate steps to prevent occurrence of such immoral, illegal and derogatory practice.

-By Ashok Agarwal, Advocate

Mob- 09811101923

Monday, March 9, 2009



New Delhi, Nov. 27: The Delhi high court on Monday, gave a week to the postmaster general of Delhi to explain the delay in delivery of mail that has been piling in different sorting offices here.
A division bench comprising justice Mohinder Narain and justice Cyriac Joseph also directed postmaster general, Ms Padma Balasubramaniam, to be present on the next hearing on December 8.

The bench also issued directions to send letters of request to the editors of The Times of India and The Pioneer newspapers to submit the photographs of piling mail bags carried in their city’s edition.

The bench also requested Zee television to submit a copy of the video tape of the programme on the postal delay, recently telecast by them.

The Delhi high court had issued notices on November 23 to the Union government, the director general of post and telegraph and New Delhi’s postmaster general to explain why a public interest petitioner filed by a Delhi resident, Mr. S.P. Singh, on the continued delay in postal delivery should not be admitted for hearing. The court had directed them to file their replies by Monday and had also asked the postmaster general to be present before the court on the next hearing.

Mr. Ashok Aggarwal, the counsel for the petitioner, had alleged that over 50,000 mail bags were lying unsorted in different sorting offices of the postal department for the last six months. He had also submitted to the court that the postal department and other concerned agencies had failed to take action regarding the unnecessary delay in postal-delivery.

TIMES OF INDIA 28.11.1995


NEW DELHI, Dec, 6 (PTI) - The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Union of India and others on a petition seeking equal pay for work of similar nature regardless of sex and classification of employees.

The petition, filed by Mr. Ashok Agarwal, an advocate contended that denial of equal pay because of classification of employees as regular, permanent, temporary, probationer, ad hoc, casual and the like was violative of provision of the Constitution.

The petition submitted that this denial of equal pay exited in a large number of undertakings of the Government. Local authorities, non-Government establishment and autonomous bodies.