Children should be carrying books, not bricks. They should be playing with footballs, not stitching them. They should be sitting inside classrooms, instead of sweeping them. April 30, is Anti-Child Labour Day. Find out about child labour in India and what you can do to make a difference.
For the past 29 years, CRY has been supporting grassroots-level NGOs that work with children and communities to ensure that all Indian children get the 4 basic rights guaranteed to them by the United Nations Charter of Child Rights, 1992*.
- Right to Survival – to life,health,nutrition, name, nationality
- Right to Protection - from exploitation, abuse, neglect
- Right to Development - to education, care, leisure and recreation
- Right to Participation - to expression, information, thought, religion
Government figures, which traditionally understate the problem, admit to there being 17 million child labourers in India. Unofficially, the figure is believed to be 100 million. Some industries - hand -knotted carpets, gemstone polishing, brassware, glass, footwear, construction, textiles, silk, fireworks - are especially guilty of using child labour. They prefer children because they have deft fingers, they are not unionised, they can be bullied easily, and they cost a pittance. The working conditions often result in debilitating diseases.
Are you among the thousands of middle-class Indians who unwittingly support child labour without realising it? Find out. http://www.cry.org/mediacenter/CRYINNEWS1507.html