India’s child labour law amended

After years of relentless campaigning by Walk Free and other anti-slavery organisations, the Indian Parliament has approved a ban on employment of children below 14 years.

Not only will child labour now be a cognizable offence in India, punishments for violations have been raised, and a new definition of ‘adolescent’ has been introduced to ban employment of those aged 14-18 years in hazardous jobs.1

The Parliament has exempted family enterprises from the employment ban, suggesting that socio-economic conditions justify children helping their families in certain occupations. This sounds reasonable but may lead to exploitation of children.2


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