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. However, in May this year, rather than encouraging a complete abolition of child labour in the country, the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved only amendments to the law.
Seven-year-old Raj waits for a red light so he can sell pieces of cloth to motorists. Traffic light business is thriving in India, where children as young as six offer products such as phone chargers, cloth, flowers, toys, pens and books