Satyarthi calls for new anti-child labour laws

The Hindu

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday made a fervent plea to leaders of all political parties to immediately pass the pending Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill in Parliament that is seeking a complete ban on all forms of child labour in the country.

“Since the only law prevailing in the country on child labour for the last 30 years has become obsolete and ineffective in achieving its desired goal, we need to have a new and good anti-child labour law to abolish all forms of child labour in the country,” Mr. Satyarthi said while delivering the first Foundation Day lecture of National Law University here.

Amid thunderous applaud from law students, Mr. Satyarthi, who jointly won the Nobel Peace prize last year for his fight against oppression of children across the world, said much of his achievements have come for the support his organisation ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ received from the courts.

“Indian judiciary and legal mechanisms are in safe hands but a lot needs to be done as challenges are plenty,” he said urging the law students to work hard to free child labourers in the country.

Currently there are over 4.3 million child labourers in India and last year, only 147 cases were filed against their employers that saw an abysmal low conviction rate of only two per cent. He was also equally worried over the huge cases of child sexual abuse allegations pending in different courts.

Presided over by University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, the Foundation Day lecture was also addressed by senior judge of Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra and Orissa High Court Chief Justice D. H. Waghela.

Many legal luminaries of the State including judges of the High Court were also present on the occasion.