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02 September 2014
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DOMESTIC TRAFFICKING
Sons and daughters waiting to be rescued
As media reports on abuse of domestic help become increasingly frequent, Shoma A Chatterji draws attention to a documentary that reveals the shocking realities of children and young people trafficked for employment as servants in upper and middle class homes, primarily in Delhi.
Films DELHI Human Rights

CHILD LABOUR
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. Shirish Khare reports.
GUJARAT Human Rights

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 Kalpana Sharma.
Agriculture OP-ED Kalpana Sharma

HUMAN RIGHTS
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. Pradeep Baisakh reports.
GUJARAT Human Rights

EDUCATION
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 Rahul Ramagundam.
Education Caste BIHAR
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 Ammu Joseph.
OP-ED Ammu Joseph
REPORTING ON CHILD LABOUR
Missing links
Few of the reports that appeared in the press in the two-week survey period told readers anything they did not already know. Ammu Joseph surveys media reports of child labour as the Centre's widened ban on employing children in hazardous occupations comes into effect.
OP-ED Ammu Joseph
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 Ingrid Srinath.
Human Rights

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. Deepa A investigates.
Education Law and Policy Education

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. Himanshu Upadhyaya reports.
Children Human Rights
Companies continue exploitation of children
A new report on finds agribusiness corporations from India and abroad are reneging on their promises to stop employing children in Andhra Pradesh. Gomati Jagadeesan reports.
Children ANDHRA
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.
Agriculture Children ANDHRA
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