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India Bans Child Domestic Labour

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posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 05:35 PM
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India has decided to outlaw the use of children working in recreational and tourist areas. The ban will come into effect this October. Anybody found breaking this law could face a fine or imprisonment.
 



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The Indian government has announced a ban on children working as domestic servants or in roadside food stalls.
The order, which applies to children under 14, will come into effect in October, officials say.

It also bans children from teashops, restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, spas or other recreational centres.

There are estimated to be more than 12.6 million child workers in India, many of whom work as domestic helps or in small roadside restaurants.






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Children are also banned from working in the more hazardous jobs such as making fireworks but there are still thousands of them working in those jobs. If they can't enforce the law stopping the kids working in dangerous places it will be interesting to see how they manage to stop them working at tea stands. Then again, is it more dangerous working in the tourism sector where they may fall prey to kidnappers or become sex slaves?

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