home to India’s Silicon Valley, has said that it will most likely miss child
labor targets but has promised that the
new federal law aiming to curtail this inhuman practice will be enforced strictly and more vigor. Under the new amendments to the federal law, the Child Labour (Prevention and Regulation) Act, 1986, children below 14 may not be employed to do household chores, medial and odd jobs at roadside restaurants, resorts, spas, and other entertainment centers. However, child rights activists have criticized this law as it does not provide for rehabilitation of existing child laborers nor does it address fundamental reasons behind this curse.
Karnataka’s Deputy Commissioner for rehabilitation of child labourers says that the state will enforce regulations to the letter which includes a fine of Rs. 10,000 (USD 217) besides criminal punishment. Further, the guilty will also pay an additional fine of Rs. 20,000 to a corpus that covers the welfare of the child laborers.
While national anti-child labor activists have criticized this law, local ones have welcomed them. Former coordinator of Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) and current International Labor Organization (ILO) representative Baburaj was quoted saying that the law itself is because of a “sustained campaign to include domestic labor and the hotel industry” and that this is “a major achievement for the child rights movement.”