Shanta, former child domestic worker in Haryana 

Shanta says she was beaten regularly by her employer

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Shanta looks like any other six-year-old, except there is an open wound on her head, her hands are swollen, chapped and grey and she can barely walk.She is the youngest of the three little girls aged six to 13 years who were rescued last month from Faridabad in the state of Haryana.

Badly beaten and bruised, the girls all worked as domestic helps just a few miles away from India’s capital, Delhi.

In October, the government enacted a law banning children under 14 from working as domestic servants, at teashops, food stalls, restaurants, hotels or in the hospitality industry.

Beatings

What has baffled many is the reluctance of local police to prosecute the family that employed the children for violating the new legislation.

Reuters has to say this : 

India has rescued over 750 children employed in street food stalls, restaurants and homes following a ban on such work by children below the age of 14, but activists said millions remained beyond the reach of law. The children have been returned to their families or sent to shelter homes and 60 people are being prosecuted for violating the ban introduced in October, the labour ministry said on Friday. 

Officials say there are more than 12 million child labourers under 14 in India, but voluntary groups put the number at five times higher or more. Child labor is not a problem in India only. In other South Asian countries like Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal small children are engaged in various works and some of these are very risky for them. I think this problem of child labor cannot be eradicated only by making laws. This issue is connected with other problems such as poverty and illiteracy. Most of the South Asian countries have large number of people living in extreme poverty. Many of them can not even buy foods three times a day for their family. The children of these families are left with no other options but to work. If Indian government is really serious about eradicating child labor, it should consider these problems and take necessary steps

Child labor is not a problem in India only. In other South Asian countries like Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal small children are engaged in various works and some of these are very risky for them. I think this problem of child labor cannot be eradicated only by making laws. This issue is connected with other problems such as poverty and illiteracy. Most of the South Asian countries have large number of people living in extreme poverty. Many of them can not even buy foods three times a day for their family. The children of these families are left with no other options but to work. If Indian government is really serious about eradicating child labor, it should consider these problems and take necessary steps

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