net  Children who are the backbone of our future generations should be given proper food, clothing and shelter and even schooling up to a certain standard. These are absolutely necessary for their proper physical and mental growth. But it is very woeful as well as unfortunate that the children of our society are forced to work in mills and mines, hotels and restaurants. They are also engaged as household servants and work as hawkers and vendors.

 child-labor-rules_2  To check and stop all these forms of forced labor and child labor, several laws have been enacted by the Government. The Children Act 1933 bans engagement of children in work in return for wages. The Employment of Children Act of 1938 prohibits child-labor in carpet weaving, cigarette-making etc. The Factories Act and Shops and Establishment Act of 1948 also ban child labor in shops and factories. Prohibition of all forms of forced labor is the Right against Exploitation which is one of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

~ by Ayan on December 6, 2008.

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