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India Tightens Child Labour Laws

Author: Ranjit Devraj, Inter Press Service, Published on: 18 February 2013

[The leader of] Bonded Labour Liberation Front, says...the [Indian] government appeared unable to implement laws that deal with child labour although various studies have shown that it is a factor in perpetuating poverty, illiteracy and unemployment...[He adds] that but for international pressure factory owners would have continued to employ children in industries that involve hazardous substances such as glass, matches, fireworks, tobacco, cement and bricks. “We believe that in spite of the laws more than 12 million children below the age of 14 are still working...in stone quarries, mines or in the hospitality business,” [he] said...Child rights activists are now looking to amendments due to be made in existing child labour laws through the child and adolescent labour bill that is expected to be passed in Parliament during the budget session which opens on Feb. 22.

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