The Reality of Child Labor in India

There are over 33 million children who are engaged in child labor between the age group of 6 to 18 years. 80% of child laborers are found in rural areas.

What do you mean by the statement child labor?

In simple terms, child labor means seizing the present life and the child’s potential mentally and physically. It means the work that they do is mentally, physically, socially, and practically hazardous to the children. 

According to Indian law, the child is someone who is 14 years old or less than it cannot work. Under the act, they have even divided work into two categories: hazardous and non-hazardous work. In total, 38 are categorized as hazardous and 69 are non-hazardous. 

In 1992, according to Article 32, the Government of India had issued a law where all forms of child labor were being banned. Later, the Government made a clause where children can work and get a normal education as per their basic rights. The new child labor Act says that children under the age of 14 can work for their families after school hours. However, only 49% (5-14 years old) of working children and 17% (15-18 years old) attend school. 

The children who are working as child labor lead an adult life. Their childhood journey is ruined at an early age. Many children are forced to lead a life of an illiterate human. Leaving school behind means not getting an opportunity to develop new skills. This way, our country is losing on the education sector and skilled workers for reaching its higher goals. This way, a child misses their education and suffers health issues by getting into hazardous occupations. This also degrades the reputation of our country. 

Now, child labor is new normal, and society has accepted it with open arms. However, we should come forward to bring an end to it. This is not an easy task, but with SatvikDaan you can approach different NGOs to help the shining stars of our future. Donate now to help child laborers to receive an education instead of walking to factories. 

 

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