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India passes controversial child labour law

Kailesh Satyarthi says the new law is a ‘missed opportunity’

By: Eastern Eye Staff

India’s parliament on Tuesday (July 26) passed a new labour law that allows children to work for their families, despite concerns by activists that it will hurt their development. The Lok Sabha or the lower house approved a ban on all children under 14 from working, except if employed in family businesses or in the sports and entertainment industry. The current law prohibits children under 14 from working only in hazardous jobs, although even this is not properly implemented, according to activists. The government defended the decision to allow some forms of labour after school hours or during vacations, saying…

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