Amendments Opposed

Article Source :The Hindu

Date of Issue :12th June, 2015

Title of Article :Amendments Opposed

Details : Child rights activists have opposed the amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 approved by the Union Cabinet and said that they could reverse all the work done in the field of child rights.

Activists held an emergency strategic meeting recently in Bengaluru and criticised the proposed amendment which makes an exception for children aged below 14 to work in family enterprises and the audio-visual entertainment industry if it does not interfere with their education.

“Even if the work is beyond school hours, children will be under pressure and not be able to study. They will have very long hours and be exhausted. It is just a backdoor entry for those who want to employ children,” said Suma Ravi, regional director, Child Rights and You. The activists have urged that all forms of child labour up to the age of 18 must be abolished “without any distinction” between hazardous or non-hazardous occupations.