Child Labour Problems and Prospects: A Socio Legal Analysis
Children are the greatest gift to humanity. They are the potential human resources for the progress of any society. Every nation links its future with the status of children and neglecting children would result in a loss to the society as a whole. Child labour is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights. Child labour exploits children physically, morally, economically, and blocks their access to education. The problem of child labourers over the years has assumed international dimension. Despite vigorous campaign and efforts to eliminate child labour , a 2013 report of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are still about 168 millions child labourers in the world , accounting for almost 11 percent of the total child population. United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund report, 2011, estimated that in India, 28 million children between the ages of 05 and 14 were engaged in child labor. Inspite of improval legislations like Child Labour Act 1986 and National Policy on Labour and other action programmes for welfare of children the incidence of child labour has not come down significantly. This article provides a study of socio legal aspects of child labour.
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