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Millions of children hard at work in India

Across the globe more than 150 million children between age five and 14 are involved in child labour, while India is home to the highest number of working children in the world. On International Day Against Child Labour on Friday, attempts are under way to put a stop to it. In India, more than 28 million children have jobs, according to UNICEF estimates. India's current child labour law prohibits children under the age of 14 from being employed in hazardous jobs.
 A recent UN report said nearly 300 million people still live under poverty in India. For a country with extreme inequalities, an abolitionist approach may not be a practical solution. However, Ribhu pointed out that "poverty is also perpetuated with the exploitation of children". "Currently there are about as many unemployed adults in India as there are working children. So these jobs are being taken by children instead of adults in the name of cheap labour," he said.




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