Bengaluru Leads State in Child Labour

Article Source :The New Indian Express

Date of Issue :12th June, 2015

Title of Article : Bengaluru Leads State in Child Labour: NGO Report

Details : Bengaluru tops the state when it comes to the number of working children, according to an analysis of Census data by non-profit organisation Child Rights and You (CRY). The state capital is closely followed by Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Mysuru and Yadgir. According to CRY, Bengaluru leads in both the 5-9 and 10-14 age groups. Moreover, child labour in urban areas appears to have risen by 53 per cent between 2001 and 2011.

Komal Ganotra, director of Policy and Research at CRY, says this spike can be attributed to increased migration, including seasonal migration for employment, as well as trafficking of unaccompanied minors. The analysis shows that child labour decreased at an annual rate of just 2.2 per cent over the last decade. “At this pace, it will take over a century to get the existing working children out of labour,” a press release from CRY states. Today, over one crore children continue to be part of the country’s workforce.

Suma Ravi, regional director of CRY, says, “It is time for all of us to stand up and take note of the fact that children continue to remain engaged in labour all around us and together, we need to ensure that our children learn, not earn.” As part of their campaign against child labour, CRY volunteers have held community walks in the NGO’s Public Action Group areas in the city where they interacted with children and parents and encouraged them to enrol their children in school.