Understanding the Main Causes of Child Labour in India
Child labour remains a pervasive and deeply rooted issue in India, despite significant efforts to eradicate it. As a reputed NGO dedicated to the wel....Read More
Every child has the right to a safe and secure environment to grow up in. Children must be able to exercise their fundamental rights, such as the right to proper education, good health and nutrition, and protection from child abuse. Children are the foundation of our country's future yet child labour is compromising the potential of millions of children in India. We must join hands to stop child labour as according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), child labour involves the employment of children who are obliged to work under risky circumstances for lengthy periods of time at a young age, and that is illegal.
Census 2011 shows that there are 33 million working children in India between 0-18 years. As child labourers, they work at tea stalls, factories, construction sites etc. Unfortunately, the impact of this practice is immediate and continues to cause long-term ripple effects that may be irreversible in many cases. Child labour forces children to be away from school and deprive them of quality playtime with other children of their age for healthy development. Working for little or no money at farms, offices, or factories strips them of their dignity and security.
All children must be able to nurture their skills and true potential but those from marginalised communities have considerably lesser chances of being rescued from the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation, thus they end up facing child abuse in India in the form of child labour.
At CRY, we have been rigorously working to ensure that such children go to school instead of work so that they have a chance at a better future. Our collective efforts with crucial stakeholders like Anganwadi workers, governments at the district and state level, parents, teachers, and the community at large have helped protect many children. The on-ground teams of CRY also involve and sensitise children through awareness sessions with their families to help spread crucial information regarding child labour. 7,582 children in the CRY project areas have been rescued in the last year from child labour, child marriage, and child trafficking. You can also help stop child labour and make sure that marginalised children can learn instead of earn. Donate to CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, and also avail a 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.