This Human Rights Day, Let’s Protect Children From Child Labour

Published on December 7, 2022

10th December is commemorated as Human Rights Day. This day is celebrated to protect all humans and ensure the world practices dignity and freedom for all. This occasion helps spread awareness on the importance of justice, especially in the case of underprivileged children. Millions of children in India are still engaged in child labour. This day reminds us and pushes us to work as a community to collectively help stop child labour.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) defines "child labour" as any employment that might be harmful to children or that might have an impact on their mental health, physical health, or moral development. It also covers labour that disrupts children's education or puts them in danger, which is also forbidden. The Technical Advisory Committee's classification of hazardous and non-hazardous types of "work" has been incorporated into the statute. ILO also mentions that child labour includes the practice of having children perform adult-level tasks before they are ready and having them work long hours for minimal pay in hazardous conditions. 

According to the alarming statistics from Census 2011, there are 33 million working children in India between the ages of 0-18 years. Child labour is a social problem that cannot be quickly resolved. The issue still exists despite decades of attempts by governments, NGOs, and society at large. However, proactive measures are the need of the hour to prevent child labour across the country, irrespective of a child’s socio-economic circumstances. At CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, we have been working hard to protect children as, without collective intervention and your monetary contribution, India’s underprivileged children might never be able to go back to school.

This Human Rights Day, make a generous donation to help rescue and protect child labourers who are caught in a vicious and deteriorating cycle. After all, it is every child’s birthright to receive regular schooling, proper healthcare resources, and a safe and caring environment. Your contribution will make a big difference to children’s lives and also help you avail of a 50% income tax exemption under 80G of the IT Act. Donate now to ensure children have happier and healthier childhoods!