International Journal of Law, Policy and Social Review
2020, Vol. 2, Issue 2
Child labour menace: An uncontrollable beast
Dipa Bala Paul, Amitabh Singh
Child labour is a serious issue for all the countries including India and is a social problem. Children are hope and future of a nation and therefore, many laws have been enacted globally to prohibit child labour. However, in spite of many legislations and efforts by the Central & State Govt, these laws seems to be highly ineffective. According to 2017 statistics, India is one of the leading countries and has whopping 33 Million children employed in various forms of child labour including employment in hazardous work and bonded labour. They are forced to work in garment, quarrying stones, producing bricks, agriculture sector and manufacture of fire crackers and to work as domestic labour and labour in small manufacturing units/service industry. The situation in India is very grim as inspite of many legislations the conviction rate of child labour offences is 6186 nos. (2009-2013). The goal that was set to eliminate it in its worst forms by 2016 was not achieved. UN General Assembly has rightly declared 2021 as the Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. This paper give an insight of various laws and policies governing the child labour and resultant effectiveness.