How are children affected by working in India?
According to the ILO, there are about 12.9 million Indian children working between the ages of 7 and 17. When children are employed or doing unpaid work, they are less likely to attend school or attend only part-time, trapping them in the cycle of poverty.
How do homeless children survive in India?
Most children who leave home to live on the streets come from slums or low-cost housing, both of which are areas of high illiteracy, drug use and unemployment. Children usually transfer their lives to the street through a gradual process; they are only allowed to stay on the street for a night or two at first.
How does child labor affect children's lives?
It is work that is psychologically or physically dangerous, work that interferes with their ability to attend school, which can affect their earning potential as adults. Child laborers' health and well-being are at risk and they can end up trapped in a cycle of poverty.
How many children work in India?
On the International Day Against Child Labor on Friday, there are attempts to put an end to it. In India, more than 28 million children have jobs, according to UNICEF estimates. India's current Child Labor Act prohibits children under the age of 14 from being employed in hazardous jobs.
What are the ill effects of child labor?
The consequences are staggering. Child labor can result in extreme physical and mental harm and even death. It can lead to slavery and sexual or economic exploitation. And in almost all cases, it cuts children off from schooling and health care, restricts their basic rights and threatens their future.
Is child labor banned in India?
India: Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016 of India. A complete ban on the employment of child labor (ie a person under the age of 14) in any business, whether hazardous or not, has been introduced.
Who is a child in India?
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child from 1989 defines a child as an individual who has not reached the age of 18. In India, different laws define the words 'child' and 'minor' differently. At the receiving end of this ambiguity are children between the ages of 15-18.
How are children treated on the streets in India?
Unfortunately, many children are kidnapped and treated as slaves by the kidnappers. The kidnappers make them beg for money all day on the street and enjoy themselves with the money they get from the children.
What kind of jobs do street children have in India?
Due to the low wages from employers, street children in India often choose to be self-employed or work multiple jobs. In fact, the majority of them are self-employed. One of the most common economic activities that children do is searching for recyclable materials such as plastic, paper and metal.
What kind of work does Save the Children do?
We are at the forefront of tackling issues such as pneumonia, hunger and protecting children in war, while ensuring that each child's unique needs are met. We find new ways to reach children who need us most, no matter where they grow up.
Why is Save the Children important in India?
"If we have education, we must give it to our brothers and sisters who are illiterate," says Munni from Patna, one of the harshest parts of India. Engaged at 13, she thought she would never set foot in a classroom.
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