ASIA/INDIA - "Bricks of hope" to defeat the scourge of child labor

Monday, 13 June 2016 child labor  

ILO in Asia and the Pacific

Pasahaur (Agenzia Fides) - Although the Indian government and institutions provide free and compulsory education to all children in the age group between 6 and 14 and prohibits their involvement in the working world, the phenomenon of child exploitation continues to be one of the worst plagues in the Country. Recent investigations, news of which was sent to Fides, have revealed that in India there are about 60 million hidden boy and girl workers. Along the vast agricultural areas there are areas where bricks are produced. In Pasahaur, district of Jhajjar (Haryana), about 60 km from New Delhi, there are 500 brick kilns. Very young children work as expert masons for hours, from April to mid-June, under the sun.
Among the initiatives to solve the serious problem of child exploitation in Pasahaur area, Don Bosco is also strongly committed to the construction of a village in which to set up awareness programs for women and working children, a center for disadvantaged children, education and assistance to those most in need. To give a minimum of education is one of the main objectives to free these small children from exploitation. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 13/06/2016)