Small hands, hard labour in Surat's textile industry
The famed textile industry of Surat is one of the pillars of Gujarat's industrial success story. What is less known about it is the unfortunate
reality of rampant child employment and exploitation that prevails there.
CHILD LABOUR LAWS
Lacunae and contradictions
The survey of child labour in agriculture has helped to draw attention once again to many issues that must be
addressed if every child is to have a meaningful right to education, writes
Child labour in Gujarat's cottonseed farms
Labour contractors and large landowners continue to employ children, often exposing them to vulnerable situations. Extreme poverty in Rajasthan's
tribal districts fuels the practice.
Sitamarhi's lost children
This northern most district of Bihar, bordering Nepal, has hordes
of dalit hindu and muslim children working at hotels and restaurants in
violation of a statutory order prohibiting such work. Everything from
education policy, to law enforcement, to rehabilitation has been messed up, finds
REPORTING ON CHILD LABOUR
Missing links - II
Only a systematic review of past policies and efforts can shed light on why child labour continues unabated in the country. Without such analysis, it
will be impossible to call the official bluff, and we will continue to witness grandstanding that relies on the short attention span of the media and
the public, writes
REPORTING ON CHILD LABOUR
Few of the reports that appeared in the press in the two-week survey period told readers anything they did not already know.
surveys media reports of child labour as the Centre's widened ban on employing children in hazardous occupations comes into effect.
NOTIFICATION ON CHILD LABOUR
Child labour ban not good enough
The Centre's latest piece-meal approach to child labour is likely to be as ineffective as the previous failed schemes and plans. Unless the underlying
causes of child labour are addressed, and the rights of children are properly secured, India will remain prone to wide-spread child labour, writes
LENS ON EDUCATION
A bridge it is, but to where?
Public funded non-formal education has been in vogue in India from the 1970s.
While NFE centres were meant to be a special
bridge for underprivileged children to get back to mainstream schools, many are bereft of
infrastructure, pay teachers less and teach students little.
MONITORING CHILD LABOUR
Children can't read, adults can't count
Numerous laws and rules at the Central as well as State levels are in place to assess the extent of child labour in
the country, and to tackle it. Court directives too lend a hand. But CAG reports show that those responsible for carrying
out this reform are indifferent to the vast tragedy.
Companies continue exploitation of children
A new report on finds agribusiness corporations from India
are reneging on their promises to stop employing children
in Andhra Pradesh.
No children on the farm
Following allegations of wide-spread child labour in their
business activities, foreign and Indian agri-business firms
pledge to reform themselves. An update from
The India Committe of the Netherlands.