Avaaz, Stop Child Labor NOW, a slave at five

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child-labourIndia is stalling the toughest child labour law in its history… because politicians say it’s not a ‘priority’!

But the majority of MPs support it and all they need is a massive public push to bring it to a vote.

Let´s raise our voices for India´s children.

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The Indian Parliament is closing without passing the toughest child labor law in its history. Worse, the bill is supported by the majority of MPs, but it was ignored for weeks, because they felt it was not a ‘priority’!

India is the world’s child labour capital — kids as young as five are sold to traffickers and forced to work as modern-day slaves, abused and beaten. The historic new bill would ban outright any child labor under 14 and provide stipends for poor families to keep their children in school. But MPs have let it fall off their agenda, and Indian child rights groups say they badly need our help, now, to ramp up the public pressure.

If the Avaaz community comes together, we can create a wave of attention to the bill, and push MPs to vote.

Sign this urgent petition and forward it widely — when we reach 1 million we’ll deliver our message to the Parliament with former child workers.

child laborA staggering 215 million children work in mines, quarries, and factories around the world.

All nations have signed an agreement to put the eradication of child labor at the heart of their national education plans.

But, India is home to the largest child labor force in the world. If the new law passes, it would ban all child labor for under 14-year-olds and all harmful work for under 18s. The law even has provisions to ensure it doesn’t hurt the poorest families — enshrining the right to free education and proposing stipends to compensate any losses.

Critics say the real problem isn’t the law, it’s bad enforcement. And it’s true that in the last three years in India less than 10% of the 450,000 reports of child labour were prosecuted under the existing, weak, law. But the new law packs some serious punch. The police will no longer have to wait for a court order to act. All forms of commercial child labour under 14 will be criminalised, and instead of meaningless fines or short prison sentences, the criminals will face tough penalties.

While the majority of MPs say they’ll support the bill, there’s no political urgency to bring it to a vote. But each day they delay, more children are forced into a life of sweatshop misery. It’s up to us to push them over the edge.

Sign the petition to India’s MPs now, and share widely.

The Avaaz community has campaigned to protect the children and the most vulnerable, time and time again. Just weeks ago, 1.2 million of us got together to help pass the most comprehensive education plan in Pakistan. How we treat our children is a reflection on our moral compass — and it´s time to take firm steps against their abuse. Let’s join together to speak out for the future of India’s suffering children.

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Alice, Alex, Alaphia, Lisa, Jeremy, Ricken, Dalia, Rewan, Michelle and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

India proposes ban on child labor (Washington Post)

Getting ready for the new law against child labour (The Hindu)

Over 60 million child laborers in India (India Tribune)

35 child workers rescued from Delhi factories (Business Line)

End Child Labor and Educational Disadvantage – (report and film)

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Comments

  1. samantha antolini says

    Hi,

    love the article, I was wondering if you would mind if I use your photo in a project I’m doing for school. It’s completely uncommercial and it’s regarding slavery so this photo would be perfect.

    Please let me know 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    Sam

    • Team Celebration says

      Photo credited to Avaaz.org and we are sure they would not mind assisting a young student, in uncommercial usage.

  2. I plan not to go to India again, until you follow the true Hindu Teachings that ALL is GOD> SO why enslave God .

    Thanks

    Saraswati Devi

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