Ïn 2018 Her Excellency, Nikki Hayley, the then Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations, met rescued child laborers at the Mukhi Ashram in India.
Child Labor in Fashion
The Fashion Design Council of India has collaborated with Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation to launch #Notmadebychildren campaign.
The campaign aims to stop child labour in India's fashion and textile industries.
"There are so many people who follow fashion."Kailash said. So, I feel this is one of the great platforms to raise voice against child labor. Fashion
industry is not only about beauty and glamour. People involved in fashion are also responsible for creating awareness and education among people.
"This movement will enhance the inner beauty and outer beauty of the fashion industry and of course will help in changing the lives of our children."
Fashion designers like Rina Dhaka, Rahul Mishra and Reynu Taandon were a part of the pledge ceremony.
Many of these children were rescued in commando style-raids which the Society funds.
Many of our supporters ask us why these raids are necessary.
Early direct intervention in the form of unarmed commando-style raids can rescue children from further abuse and exploitation.A commando-style raid is the fastest and most efficient way to rescue them, as children who are being exploited or abused cannot wait indefinitely.
These operations must, however, be handled in a professional manner and with the utmost care.
Most parents have no idea where their children are.Many of them approach our partners, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, asking them to help them find their children.
A raid and rescue operation starts with trying to find the child, collecting intelligence on his or her whereabouts.Agents of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan launch a detailed investigation and collect intelligence from their sources, especially in those States such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh where child labor is endemic.
As soon as a child is located, this intelligence is passed on to the parents.
THE SOCIETY IN ACTION
The Society continues to fund commando-style raids that rescue children in northern India, as well as providing some funding for the Bal Ashram center, run by our partners, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which is a transit rehabilitation center for rescued children.The Society has provided further funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
THIS IS THE SOCIETY IN ACTION
The Society wishes once again to thank all our members and supporters for their support.In this issue we profile some of the children you have helped to rescue or support.
The raid is then carefully planned.The local administration is informed about the impending raid to ensure police protection, if needed, during the operation.
However, the precise location and exact date of the raid has to be kept secret from the authorities, the police and local politicians.This is because many local politicians and administrators are corrupt and are bribed by the owners.
This was the reason why one of the raids in late 2011 was unsuccessful.Agents had procured 500 children, either by kidnapping or by false promises to their parents.The children were destined for sweatshops in Mumbai (it used to be called Bombay), a major city in India.The agents were taking the children to Mumbai by train.The police were ready and waiting to seize them and rescue the children when the train arrived at Mumbai train station.News of the impeding raid was leaked to the agents — which was very easy as they had cell phones.The agents disembarked with the children en route before the train arrived at its destination.
A raid and rescue operation, of course, involves considerable personal risk for the rescuers.
Although these commando-style raids are unarmed, the wicked men who beat and abuse these children usually employ armed thugs and goons.An article on page 5 of this issue describes such an attack in March 2011 and an apparent attempt to kill Kailash Satyarthi.
I remember Rama Kant Rai showing me the wounds that he had received from owners’ thugs while carrying out raids.Others have been dragged in chains behind cars and threats made against their families.Some owners have even attempted to murder rescuers.Several attempts were made to murder my friend and colleague, Kailash Satyarthi, who was chairman of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan and spearheads the effort to free children from the various forms of child slavery, bonded child labor and child pawnage, thus directly undermining their profits.
Raid and rescue is not an end in itself.Rehabilitation, social reintegration and restoring them to their parents complete every rescue.Rescue without effective rehabilitation and repatriation is futile, as there is a real risk that a rescued child will once again fall back into the cycle of exploitation.
After children are rescued, their official release certificates must be secured from the local administration.These release certificates help them obtain their statutory rehabilitation package.This can take a long time, and obtaining these release certificates and rehabilitation packages from government bureaucracies places an enormous pressure on the Bachpan Bachao Andolan’s resources.
The freed children are currently staying in the transit rehabilitation center of Bal Ashram (Jaipur), Rajasthan, before being restored to their parents.Rehabilitation centers like Mukti Ashram and Bal Ashram allow rescued children to recover before being restored to their parents.Bal Ashram in Rajasthan is a rehabilitation center where rescued children are given basic education and vocational training, along with special care and attention to their individual development.They also participate in sporting activities.Children aged 13 and over are also provided with vocational training in a trade of their choice (such as carpentry, tailoring, welding, motor winding, screen printing, painting, organic farming and kitchen gardening).The vocation is chosen keeping in mind their interest in a particular trade and their earning prospects in the local area when they finish.
Who carries out these commando-style raids?
Our partners, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.They are based in New Delhi, India.Your support helps fund these raids.
The government has laws against these practices, but they are often not enforced.Some labor inspectors who were interviewed by the BBC World Service explained that they will not investigate unless they receive a direction from their superior or from a Supreme Court judge or from an executive magistrate.It is therefore often rather futile forwarding complaints to the Labour Department and waiting for it to act.
RAID ON SHOE STITCHING AND WOOD CUTTING FACTORIES
On November 30, 2011, 15 children were rescued from shoe and wood cutting factories in Nangloi in the North West district of Delhi.
Fourteen boys were rescued from the shoe factories where they worked stitching uppers to shoes, while one boy was rescued from the wood cutting factory.
They were aged 10 to 14 years.
They had to work for 12 to 14 hours a day in extremely unhealthy conditions.Most were not paid.
Most of the rescued children were from Bihar.
Three factories were closed and an owner was arrested.
The raid was led by a sub divisional magistrate, accompanied by police, the Labour Department and Bachpan Bachao Andolan activists.The raid was conducted as a result of intelligence provided by our partners, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.
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