You have all the rights. Remember that STUDENTS ARE POWER. You are not a puppet of anyone's hand and you will never be in life. A student can get the transfer in articleship. As per my knowledge the present regulations are that a student can freely get transfer in the first year of articleship. You can do any of the following:
Find a new good firm for articleship for you and tell your present employer that you are terminating the articleship in the capacity of the independent citizen of India as per rights given to Indian citizens by constitution and CA Act, 1949, Prior approval of ICAI is required to take transfer. Send a written request to ICAI stating all your problems, asking to permit you to take transfer. I am sure that you will get the permission. Your employer also have to sign that letter of request, but he will surely refuse to sign or do unnecesary delay. Tell him that you will file a complaint to the discipline director of ICAI and also in the high court, new delhi for non payment of stipend and exploitation and his membership will be in danger and may be cancelled then as it will be easily proved from the bank statements that you are not paid the stipend. Stop going to office with a notice to your employer that you do not wish to continue. If they refuse for that, then also stop going to office, no one can spoil anything of you. This is my guerantee.
If necessary, you can file a complaint to ICAI in form 1 with the DD of 2500 in favor of secretary, ICAI, New Delhi. The procedure for complaint and form 1 is attached herewith.
To know more about me, visit: /forum/details.asp?mod_id=114530 I dont know you are aware of this or not but today the exploitation of articles in the field of CA has reached to its extreme. Students are forced to take care of wife and children of CA and also forced violently to sweep office and brutal mental torture is exercised to exploit innocent students. So it is my frank advise that in stead of exercising your rights that you do have and you CAN EXERCISE AS A CITIZEN OF FREE INDIA, you should continue your present articleship, if you dont have to face much mental torture and harassment. Stipend is irrelevant. Forget about the experience of work and concentrate of studies. Degree is more important than experience.
Remember that PEACE IS BETTER THAN WAR, BUT WAR IS NECESSARY TO STOP EXPLOITATION. NOW YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE AS PER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.