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Child Labour Protest in India - CRY Campaign

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.