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Child labour bill passed, Unicef concern increases

Unicef raised concerns about the provision in the Indian Child Labour Amendment Bill, 2016 allowing

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Publish Date: Jul 27 2016 10:14AM | Updated Date: Jul 27 2016 10:18AM

Child labour bill passed, Unicef concern increases

Unicef, the UN agency which look after the child rights and other such matter has raised serious concerns regarding Child Labour Amendment Bill.

Unicef along with various other childright activists said that Labour Amendment Bill - 2016, which was passed in Parliament on Tuesday, will not only allow a child to help out in family enterprises after school hours but it will leave an impact on children.
The UN agency said that the impact will be greater among the children from poorer families and legitimise family work, thus causing further disadvantage to them as there is a lot of outsourced work carried out from home.
The bill makes employing a child below 14 years of age in any occupation or process, except where the child helps his or her family, punishable by a jail term of up to two years and even provides for a penalty for parents.
According to their site, Unicef India also shows concerned that the amended Bill substantially reduces the list of professions considered hazardous, which could potentially lead to more children working in unregulated conditions.
As per the 2011 census, child labour rates in India are highest among Scheduled Tribes (ST) at 6.7 per cent and Scheduled Castes (SC) at 3.9 per cent. In both groups, children in rural areas are more likely to work than children from cities. Many girls and boys working are forced to leave school.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) founder and Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi had earlier said that the changes would further lead to "victimisation of children" in their poverty.