25,000 Signatures Needed to Urge the Government to Tackle Child Labour Better in India
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We often encourage our children to play football, cricket, badminton and buy them gifts of their choices. We motivate them to pursue their hobbies and the go for the best in life.
But do we even realise that there are lakhs of children out there who have no time to pursue a hobby or follow their dreams? This is because they are busy working in ‘dhabas’ - washing utensils and waiting tables - where we go to have food or in factories which manufacture footballs, bats and balls for our children.
As per the recent amendments in the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act (CLPRA) 1986, no child under the age of 14 years can be employed in any form of labour. However, it is no secret that child labour is all around us and all of us have seen children working. The stark reality is that one in every 11* children in India is working! The Act also states that children can assist their families in work (non- hazardous in nature), after school hours. This is likely to affect the child’s right to develop, learn and play. And this is the reason that we call for a blanket ban on child labour and new measures to stop child labour.
Save the Children aims to empower children who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. They too have the right to a quality education and protection from harm, so they can shape their futures and realize their dreams.
Between April 2016 and March 2017, Save the Children rescued 88,218 children from the clutches of child labour.
Save the Children is rescuing and rehabilitating the most vulnerable children caught in the clutches of child labour. But together we can do a lot more.
Please help us reach our Goal of 25,000 signatures before we present this petition to the Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development.
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