Since the site of work in “family and family-based enterprizes.” is not defined, this could range from a construction site, to a plastic sheet near a garbage dump or a home-based brothel. As it stands the Bill is in contradiction of India’s Constitutional amendment on the Right to Education as well as the Juvenile Justice Act, which promises protection to children in need.
Gandhiji’s Buniyadi Shiksha and Maulana Azad’s Nai Taleem both recommend teaching traditional art, craft and agriculture, along with reading, writing, mathematics, history, science and geography in school. We are therefore urging you to send the Bill back to the Standing Committee of Parliament for review. We request the following amendments:
- In clause 5 of the Bill, the proviso to the amended section 3 should be deleted. After deletion, clause 5 will read as under- “No child shall be employed or permitted to work in any occupation or process.”
- Delete sec. 18 to ensure that parents are not put under penal provisions.
Child Labour is Being Legalised to Pursue ‘Make in India’ at Lower Cost
The amended law does a disservice both to the children who want to study but do not have the means, and to the state that owes its future to them. On July 19, parliament passed the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Amendment Act. These amendments to a flawed original legislation, have made it virtually impossible to extend the right to education (RTE) to children above the age of 14. Like its predecessor, the recently amended law does a disservice both to the children who want to study but do not have the means and to the state that owes its future to them.