A public hearing on violation of children's rights will be held in Gulbarga city on Friday by a panel of experts.

The public hearing here will be the sixth one on the issue of child abuse. The previous hearings were held by the Samajika Parivarthana Janandolana (SPJ) in Kolar, Chickballapur, Raichur, Davanagere and Bijapur.

SPJ State Convener Y. Mariswamy told presspersons here on Wednesday that already 30 complaints had been received on child abuse, which will be discussed at the hearing in the presence of the affected children as well as senior officials from the departments of social welfare, women and child welfare, labour and the zilla panchayat.

Mr. Mariswamy said the issue of child labour and the food and living conditions at government-run hostels for children were some other major problems that needed to be addressed.

According to the Labour Department, only 97 children worked as labourers in Gulbarga district, however, thousands of child labourers continue to work under despicable conditions.

Poor-quality food

Another serious issue that has remained unresolved for the past three years is the low-quality food served at anganwadis in the State. Laboratory results have proved that the so-called nutritious food supplied by a Chennai-based private company to all the anganwadi centres in the State was of low quality.

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