BANGALORE, INDIA- There are 150 million children in the world who are currently indulged in child labor among which India constitutes more than 28 million child workers between the age 5 and 14.
These are the figures estimated by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
While it is the World Day Against Child Labor On Friday and attempts are being made to put a stop to child labor, there has been a surprising fact revealed regarding India.
As India’s current child labor law prohibits children below the age of 14 to be employed in hazardous jobs, this amount of child labor in India is itself surprising.
But, the current Indian administration does not seem to be considering child labor an issue. Far from trying to make efforts at absolute abolition of child labor in the nation, the cabinet presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a bill for amendments in the law.
A labor ministry official while talking to the international media, maintained that, “We live in a country where it is very normal for a farmer’s son to help the farmer after school hours or for an artisan’s children to learn the craft. So we don’t want this form of work to be penalized as child labor.”
“That’s why we’ve clearly stated that this form of work won’t be punished, if a person breaks the law, the justice system is there,” he added further.
This approval has sparked strong response from the public, though the approval does not mean that the bill will pass into law.
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