“On the day that Durga Mala was rescued, she lay crying on the stone floor, where she was attempting to cool her back. She was 11 years old and her skin was covered with blisters, from her shoulder blades to her buttocks. A few days earlier, her owners had poured hot oil over her because they thought she was working too slowly.”1
The Indian Parliament must believe we’re not concerned about Durga or millions of children like her in India. Why? Because time and again, the Parliament has delayed a vote on the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill, which would ban employment of children up to 14 years of age. But we are watching.
The Indian Parliament resumes on 5 December. Every day the bill is delayed, several children remain at risk of being bought and sold to work in unimaginable conditions of sex slavery, bonded labour and domestic servitude. Unless we speak up.
We need to build massive public pressure for the Indian government to pass this historic legislation that will help end child slavery in India.
Call on the Indian Parliament to immediately pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill and help end child slavery in India.
In just days, the Indian Parliament will resume. This is our last chance to put the bill to vote before general elections next year.
Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill will:
1. Prohibit employment of children up to 14 years of age;
2. Outline harsher sentences for violators of child labour laws; and
3. Provide for monitoring of suspected instances of child slavery.
While stories like Durga’s are making headlines, there are many more that remain hidden, trapped in the nightmare of modern slavery -- with no choice, no pay and with no realistic chance of escaping. At an age when children should be in school, they are being subjected to situations that make them vulnerable to serious physical and psychological harm.
But all this could end. The ban on child labour will help end enslavement of children in India. But the delay to vote on this bill is delaying freedom for children from modern slavery. Even scarring them for life.
Tell the Indian government to help end child slavery and pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill now.
Thank you in advance for your support. Once you have taken action, please forward this message on to everyone you know and help bring us one step closer to eliminating modern slavery.
Debra, Mich, Jess, Kamini, Mika, Sarah, Kate, Olly, Joanna, Jayde and the Walk Free Team
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