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Child Labor: A Tale of Agony and Shame in India

By SiliconIndia  |   Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 03:40 Hrs
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Bangalore: Child labor is extensively rampant in India where young children are employed for hazardous jobs in factories. The rights of these children are violated as it steals them of their dreams and possibilities, depriving them of education.

In a recent case, 50 child laborers aged 3 to 15 years were rescued from gunny bag and an incense factory in Bangalore, reported Arun Dev for TNN. A raid was carried out by the police and an NGO and it exposed the disturbing and unhygienic conditions under which the children were made to work. The children were from Bihar, Assam, Orissa and Punjab and were staying in the factories where they worked from 9 am to 12 midnight every day, said the officials.

The children revealed that their daily tasks included stitching jute bags and rolling incense sticks. Further, they had to sleep in dingy rooms where they worked, and they did not bathe for days. A teen who was rescued said "There are no fixed numbers but I ended up stitching about 40 bags on any day," as reported by TNN. He added "We eat, sleep and work in the room."  His working hours were about 15 hours a day.

About 10 children worked in a small 8 feet by 8 feet room and an adult would keep a watch on them. It was also revealed that lunch break and toilet breaks were the only time they took leave of work.

It was noted that while the older boys were offered a salary, it was rarely paid and daily meal was the only thing they got.

Also Read: Indian Manufactured Items Blacklisted in U.S. for Child Labour

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Reader's comments(3)
1: Curious why you felt it essential to quote from Washpost. Or perhaps you dont know about teenaged labor in the US? (Five hundred die every year.) Do read Fast Food Nation. Can you not access local facts?

Yes child labor is a problem and has to be solved. Now. However anyone heard of birth control? Having a child is not a right:only those who are willing and able to care for one should have one, boy or girl, handicapped or otherwise. India has cheap easily available contraception. Haul up the parents too, they are at fault.
Posted by:bharati - 23 Jan, 2013
2: Why does the child helpline 1065 not working?
Posted by:SAPV - 23 Jan, 2013
3: child labour is a bane and steps to curb it must be taken
Posted by:ram - 23 Jan, 2013