India Turns A Blind Eye To Child Labor Violations (Blog Action Day)

The numbers reported in this article from ThaIndian.com are ludicrous. The headline from the story, “only 8,000 child labur violations” is sad. If you’ve read any of Shelley Seale’s posts here, you’ll quickly realize the problem has a much larger footprint than these reported numbers would have people believe. The quote below is disheartening.

At this rate, child labour will never be eliminated from our society. It is time we start treating it as a serious crime – Umesh Gupta, via In 19 months, only 8,000 child labour violations detected in India.

Today is Blog Action Day. If it’s not painfully evident from what has been written here at Stop Child Slavery before, I’ll state it explicitly: at the root of these offenses is extreme poverty and corporate willingness to exploit those in its grasp. It makes dealing with the horror of child slavery extremely difficult, but today it give us a focus for Blog Action Day.

Often I get emails asking this question, “What can I do to help?” Today, you can go visit the Blog Action Day website. Read. Learn. Donate.

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8 thoughts on “India Turns A Blind Eye To Child Labor Violations (Blog Action Day)

  1. cheritycall says:

    hy, Do something to help the hungry people from Africa and India,
    I created this blog about that subject:
    in http://tinyurl.com/6p6lb8

  2. • 12-year old Laxmi* was lured by her classmates to travel to Kolkata (capital of West Bengal, a state in India) for a picnic and later sold in the train.

    • 10-year old Sneha* accompanied her 16 year-old sister Surya* to the dream city Mumbai in search of a job. Surya works as a domestic help while Sneha is hired for zari / embroidery work.

    • Ramesh*, a 15-year old rag-picker is missing. His neighbours say they saw him being chatting with a drug-addict.
    * names changed to protect identity

    Young children go missing from the small towns and villages in India. Some run-away on being lured by the dreams of the big city, while others are carried away to be sold for meager gains…

    The birth of a child (read male) in India meant celebration. Sweets are distributed and the atmosphere is one of merriment.Neighbours and relatives greet the parents and the new born baby is showered with blessings and gifts. Children are considered as God’s gift to the family. While this is true and relevant in many parts of India and the world at large, a stark reality hits us when we read the newspapers and are informed about the alarming rate at which children go missing from their homes and the increasing number of child labourers found in every sector of employment.

    A child is one of the worst marginalized sections in the societal spectrum. Children are found in most realms of institutions, and more so in places they are not supposed to be. Child soldiers, child sex workers, child labourers, bonded labourers, child brides, rag pickers, beggars, manual scavengers, domestic workers, camel jockeys in dangerous races etc.

    The above is an extract from Aileen S. Marques essay “Innocence Interred!!!”. This essay was ranked among the top three essays in Human Rights Defence’s Essay competition 2008. If you would like to read more, visit: http://www.humanrightsdefence.org

    Yours sincerely,

    Dr Tomas Eric Nordlander
    HumanRightsDefence
    http://www.humanrightsdefence.org

  3. zocheAdhess says:

    Thak you for the news

  4. Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

    Hey, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, anyway cool blog, I bookmarked you. :)

    -Robert Shumake Fifth Third

  5. Beavers says:

    heyyy, nice idea, thanks for everything.

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