Gaping holes

In a shameless hoax, India’s ruling party pushed through a legislation recently that said it was banning child labour in its first paragraph, but actually legalized 90 per cent of the country’s child labour of all ages through a clause in a later paragraph. Section 3 in clause 5 of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act allows child labour in family, “family enterprises” or “as an artist in an audio-visual entertainment industry”. The majority of India’s child labour is caste-based work in poor families that are trapped in intergenerational debt bondage. [Read full article]

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