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Bollywood endorses Child Labour Free India
Narendra Ch | 07 May 2012

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan sends out a forceful appeal in support of the nationwide campaign against child labour being spearheaded by Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Other Bollywood celebrities including Nandita Das, Bomen Irani, Sonam Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhary and Jasbir Jassi have also come forward to join hands with 'Child Labour Free India Campaign' to demand for a complete ban on child labour under the age of 14 years.

 

“Let us be the voice of 6 crore children, whose own voice has been imprisoned within four walls of slavery. Lets stand up against Child Labour to make sure that the laws made to curb this evil are implemented in true sense”, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan sends out a forceful appeal in support of the nationwide campaign against child labour being spearheaded by Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Other Bollywood celebrities including Nandita Das, Bomen Irani, Sonam Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhary and Jasbir Jassi have also come forward to join hands with 'Child Labour Free India Campaign' to demand for a complete ban on child labour under the age of 14 years.

 

The campaign aims to bring about an amendment in the existing Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, by ensuring a total abolition of child labourers in the country till the age of 14 years. A letter demanding a complete blanket ban on child labour has been written to the Prime Minister of India and all the Parliament Members by the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi in this regard. The letter also demands for making child labour cognizable and non-bailable and ratify ILO conventions on worst forms of child labour.

 

The campaign cuts the first cake of its success with the Labour Ministry's proposal to ban child labour under the age of 14 years in the coming days. The government is now expected to ban employment of children below the age of 14 in any industry. “But the legal process must not be cumbersome, politically maneuvered and lengthy, as the children in dangerous work can't wait any more”, said Mr. Kailash Satyarthi.

 

The campaign has become viral on social media and people's participation is constantly being encouraged.

 

In the course of the campaign, a National Consultation on Child Labour will be held to foster coherent dialogue between all the stake-holders through shared knowledge on building a consensus on taking ownership towards collaborative and accelerated action. This Consultation would also yield the roles and responsibilities of the stake-holders in terms of enhanced capacities for catering to the Child Labor Law in the wake of the amendments that follow.

 

Being an initiative which is much larger than a movement, the campaign demands for the basic rights of the children. In the light of recent cases of Child Labor Abuse, it is imperative for masses to participate in large numbers to safeguard the rights of the children.

 

To listen Salman Khan, Nandita Das and Sonam Kapoor talking about the campaign, log on to: http://www.bba.org.in