Bihar amends laws to ban child
labor in shops, businesses, and family-owned businesses
Promises education for all
Other states are also
proceeding to fulfill Supreme Court order banning child labor
Supreme Court ordering ban on all forms of child labor,
banned employment of children below the age of 14 in the State’s shops,
establishments, and businesses by amending the Bihar Shops and Establishments
Act. Amendments will also include Section 3 of Child Labor (Prohibition and
Regulation) Act 1986 to ban children from working with their parents in beedi
and brick kiln industries.
The state also agreed to comply with Constitutional requirements and provide
compulsory education to children between the ages of 6 to 14. Refreshingly,
State’s Labor Secretary Chandra Nath Jha also admitted tardy implementation of
providing education to children due to poverty, lack of awareness, illiteracy
and prevailing social customs.
Jha revealed that in the last five years, the state charged 1,493 employers of
child labor and freed 438 bonded laborers to be rehabilitated under
Bihar has the unenviable reputation of being the crime capital of India. While
these numbers may not be big enough to tackle the vast hordes of illiterate and
employed children in Bihar, it is encouraging that the new Government is
initiating the right policies and making right decisions without ducking
Andhra Pradesh has also initiated new schemes to
curb child labor in the cotton industry.
became the first state in the nation to make
child labor a non-bailable crime. The International Labor Organization (ILO)
has also predicted
impressive advances in the fight against Child Labor.