Every day, millions of children in India wake up with nothing to look forward to but backbreaking labor in stone quarries, carpet factories, rice mills, and elsewhere. Children as young as 5 years old are kept from school, forced to work seven days a week for up to 18 hours a day, and end up with crippling injuries, respiratory disorders, and chronic pain.
Because these children are often left illiterate and plagued with health problems, they are, in a cruel twist of fate, less likely to find employment once they reach adulthood. This continued enslavement of children traps generations of Indians in a vicious cycle of slavery, illiteracy, and poverty.
Fortunately, the Indian Parliament is considering legislation called the "Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill," which: 1. Prohibits the employment of children up until 14 years of age, 2. Outlines harsher sentences for violators of child labor laws, and 3. Provides for monitoring of suspected instances of child slavery.
This legislation would put an end to the enslavement of children in India, but it risks not passing without a demonstration of mass public support.
For every day the bill is delayed, several children remain at risk of being bought and sold to work in unimaginable conditions of sex slavery, bonded labor, and domestic servitude.
Call on the Indian Parliament to immediately pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill and help end child slavery in India.
To: Member of Indian Parliament
We call on you and your fellow MPs to immediately pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill, banning the employment of children up to 14 years of age.
For every day that this bill is delayed, you are allowing modern slavery to rob millions of children of the chance to be healthy, educated, and free to build a bright future for themselves and for their country.
[Your name here]
Thank you for urging the Indian Parliament to immediately pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill, which would help end child slavery in India. Walk Free delivered 1,010,917 signatures from 183 countries to the parliament in Delhi during one of their sittings and although there hasn't been any movement on the Bill at this stage, Walk Free is hopeful this might pass in the next year or so. So, we're going to need your help now more than ever!
We reached our goal of 5,000 signatures! Let's keep the momentum going.
The Indian Cabinet has approved a proposal to ban employment of children under 14 years in all kinds of commercial enterprises with an exception for work done in family enterprises and on farmlands provided it is done after school hours and during vacations. Employment of adolescents (14 to 18 years) in hazardous occupations and processes will also be barred, and the changes will provide for harsher punishment for violation.