Worldwide, as many as 168 million children have they earn a few cents an hour and they simply do not have enough time to go to school and improve their future prospects. NACF is committed to millions of children who face the worst forms of child labour. These children are forced to work in plantations, mines, factories, as domestic slaves and as prostitutes. They perform exhausting work for many hours in a row, often in unhealthy and hazardous conditions. The work is physically, psychologically and/or morally harmful for children.
According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children – that India ratified in 1992 – all children are born with fundamental rights.
Right to Survival – to life, health, nutrition, name, nationality
Right to Development – to education, care, leisure, recreation, cultural activities
Right to Protection – from exploitation, abuse, neglect
Right to Participation – to expression, information, thought, religion
And a right to achieve these dreams. Even though India’s children account for more than one-third of its
population, their interests have never been given priority.
And their rights have been violated every single day.
The clearance on the long awaited amendments in the child labour law of 1986 has ignited a debate which had almost extinguished a decade ago when more than 7 million children joined the Global March Against Child Labour.