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India still struggling to combat child labour

 IPS 09 February 2019

India hosts the largest number of child labourers in the world. Millions of children work long hours for little pay in homes, factories, cotton fields, sandstone quarries, restaurants and agricultural fields across the country. They can also be found on the streets vending food, scavenging, shoe shining, car-washing and begging. As well as being deprived of their childhood, freedom and education, many child workers are also underfed and often beaten. A range of civil society actors are calling for a change in this status quo, claiming that unless India finds a way to interrupt the practice of child labour, it will face multiplied challenges in social, economic and political arenas. (1281 Words) - By Neeta Lal


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An Indian child labourer arranges bricks at a brick factory in Tharvai village, about 35 km (22 miles) from the northern Indian city of Allahabad.Photo: REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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Mithun, 11, poses for a photo at a laterite brick mine in Ratnagiri district, about 360km (224 miles) south of Mumbai. He is paid two Indian rupees ($0.04) per brick and carries an average of 100 bricks out of the mine per day. Each brick costs between 10-14 rupees ($0.22-$0.31), and weighs around 40 kg. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Children all across India can be found vending food, repairing vehicles, scavenging, rag picking, shoe shining, and cleaning the homes of rich urban families. Credit: Fahim Siddiqi /IPS

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