Local Hero Rescues Girl Sold by Her Father

Source: Sakal Daily In the streets of a small town, Kagal, some citizens had noticed a small girl of 9 years tending a bunch of donkeys. They came to know from her that she was sold by her drunkard father to a local owner of a brick kiln. Her plight was brought to the notice […]

139 child labourers rescued in New Delhi

16th July, 2011, New Delhi:  Eight children, working in a jewellery shop in punjabi basti, Nangloi and sweet shop was rescued during a rescue operation in the capital today. The rescue was conducted on a complaint filed by Bachpan Bachao Andolan. The rescue operation was led by Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Punjabi Bagh. The youngest […]

India Circus Owners Banned From Using Child Performers

India’s traditional traveling circuses remain widely popular across the country, although attendance has been falling in recent years. Despite their popularity, there have long been concerns about their treatment of child circus performers, many of whom are trafficked from Nepal. Starting this month, India’s Supreme Court banned circus owners from using child performers and demanded […]

Education, Vocation Training, Rehabilitation & Child Labour

Guest Post by: Dr Neeraja Sharma Home Problem of Child-Labour is not new to anybody. ILO under convention 138 makes a distinction between child labour and child work. ‘Child work’ is that participation of children in the economy which does not affect their physical and mental development adversely. This kind of work under ILO guidelines […]

India Coal Towns, Many Miners are Children

Times South Asia bureau chief Mark Magnier and photojournalist Daniel Berehulak report on the mining situation in the Jaintia Hills district of India, located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. Perhaps as many as thousands of underage workers as young as 8, lured by the wages, leave school to work in coal mines under perilous […]

GoPhil Helps AVANI & Rescued Child Laborers

In September of 2010, GoPhilanthropic visited its partners – AVANI school in Kolhpur, India who provide shelter and education for 36 children who have been rescued from a life of forced child labor. All of the children now attend school and thanks to the dedication of AVANI Director Anuradha Bhosale and others on her team, […]

Human Trafficking is Violence Against Humanity

Fourteen-year old Gudiya Putul is not in Kingston, Jamaica attending the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC), but her name and history were brought to the attention of some IEPC participants Saturday during a workshop about economic injustice and human trafficking. Source: Ekklesia Putul (not her real name) is originally from a village in West Bengal, […]

Vote Now! YouTube Good Work Contest

YouTube is rewarding creatives for doing good work for good causes with their Good Work contest. We have produced a 60-second video that looks at the Good Work of Anuradha Bhosale and Avani at the Kolhapur Brick Kilns, empowering women and feeding and teaching children and rescuing them from forced labour. Produced by myself and shot […]

Kavi, A Realistic Account of Forced Child Labor

In the genre of  Slum Dog Millionaire, Kavi is a short film written-directed and produced by Gregg Helvey focusing on the problem of child labour in India. It was nominated for Oscar in 2010. Its a 19-minute fictional account of a young boy who wants to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to […]

180M Children in India “very vulnerable” to Trafficking

Source: BusinessEconomics.in Guest Interview with Nishit Kumar Head of Communication and Strategic Initiatives CHILDLINE India Foundation, Mumbai Q) In your opinion, what are the reasons behind the increasing child trafficking in India? A) Nearly 43% of the country’s population is children below 18. Of these, about 40% are marginalised by poverty, illiteracy, exploitation, abuse, disability, […]

Delhi High Court Orders Crackdown on Child Labour

Delhi High court orders crackdown on child labour Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times New Delhi, March 23, 2011 The familiar sight of children slogging at roadside eateries, vehicle workshops, scrap industries and power looms in Delhi will hopefully be a thing of the past. The Delhi high court has ordered a crackdown against deployment of […]

Delhi Child Labour Rescue Team Attacked and Hospitalized

Several activists of a city-based child rights NGO were on Thursday allegedly attacked and severely beaten up by some people while they were trying to rescue child labourers. A group of “traffickers” allegedly attacked workers of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) with knives and iron rods in Khureji area of east Delhi and forcibly took away […]

How Much is Child Poverty Costing India?

A guest post by Puja Marwaha | CRY Illness, premature death, illiteracy, incomplete schooling – do these deprivations have a price tag attached? Is childhood spent in poverty and deprivation costing the country? The answer to this difficult question is, yes. A childhood minus basic rights – especially the right to food and the right […]


Thanks goes to Sudha Kaur in India for her thoughtful guest post! RE-THINKING CHILD LABOUR by Sudha Kaur The arduous issue of child labour is a developmental issue worth investigating. The conception that children are being exploited and forced into labour, while not receiving education severe to developments, concerns many people. India is the one […]

Forms of Child Labour Found in Asia

Bonded child labour is extensively rooted in socio-cultural and political structures in parts of South Asia. Source: Sona Sahu / CoolAvenues.com – “Child is the father of the man” or he is the future of tomorrow? But no more. With the growing exploitation and the way we are depriving him of his basic rights, the […]