22 Dec 2015

CHILDLINE’s crusade against Child Labour

CHILDLINE’s crusade against child labour has been ongoing since its inception in 1996. On an average CHILDLINE receives over 6 million calls a year, of which a large of calls are those requesting for rescue of /informing about a child being employed.

CHILDLINE has worked in various capacities to abolish Child Labour. Over the years CHILDLINE have intervened and been witness to several cases of child labour. Rescues and interventions of children in circuses, children working in zari industries, children being trafficked and many other forms of child labour are addressed through the 1098 service and advocacy initiatives by CHILDLINE.

Be it recommendations to the existing laws, awareness programmes with the Police, rescue operations for children who call for help, nationwide campaigns to sensitize people about the gravity at hand, or creating an animation film on the issue, CHILDLINE has worked relentlessly to reach out to children who need to be saved from a life at bangle making factories, construction sites or even jobs as domestic labourers. Working with children at the grassroot level and addressing children’s needs through our 1098 helpline service, we have observed an increase in calls for Child Labour. We rescued 10,574 child labourers in 2012, 15636 in 2013 and 177738 in 2014.. The graphs below indicate the same:

Trend of Child Labour specific calls received on CHILDLINE 1098 from 2009- 2014

  • There is a clear indication that maximum calls have been received for child working at restaurant/ dhabas


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