Child labour problem in Rajasthan

#1 Jan 9th, 2009, 23:06
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I recently visited Rajasthan.. i went to Jaipur then Udaipur
and Mount Abu one of things i noticed is child labour in every eateries.. be it small chai shops be it well to do dhabas or decent hotels...some children are of mere 7-8 years old but mostly in age group of 10-14 years..i wonder what Govt is doing to eradicate this mess or i must say people in Rajasthan are used to this type of things....
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It's not just Raj. that I've seen children working. Lots of kids in Delhi, Diu & in some parts of Himachal.

I think the problem is endemic throughout parts of India (at least in the North).

It could also be that the child(ren) are family members who are working before/after/instead of school, which is hard to prevent.

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It's the kids holding infants & begging for money at those polluted traffic intersections - that are disturbing to me .... that ain't no life for a kid.
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exactly.. PeakXV what you are talking about is organized crime or i must say begging mafia and this problem you will mostly notice in metro cities...I traveled alot but i have not seen problem of this proportion as i noticed Rajasthan...what i can say as a traveler we must not buy a thing be it hand loom or antiques or not visit any food stall where we notice child labor ..
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...but mostly in age group of 10-14 years
The law here is that employing children under the age of 12 is illegal.
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Originally Posted by anjanm View Post what i can say as a traveler we must not buy a thing be it hand loom or antiques
I don't know how that would help the situation or how one can quickly discern if a product was made in part or full from 'illegal' child labour. How do antiques made 40, 50, 60 years ago or back in the British era factor into the equation.

I remember a young lady that ambushed outside a Kashmiri shop one day in Delhi. She was quite disgusted that I would buy any product from a shop that makes their products via child labour. I then explained to her that the textile I bought in that shop was actually a vintage Afghan rug made approximately 50 years ago and that although it may have been made inpart by younger baluch females - this weaving skill has been a part of their nomadic life & existence for hundreds of years. I ended by saying that because of it's origins - this sale had no bearing whatsoever on child labour in India nor was it any business of her's to be concerned about it. She left the scene embarrassed and I left ticked.

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