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Monday, December 04, 2006

The Anti-Child Labour Campaign

December 04, 2006
Rajen Nair

It was in the month of October, this year, that the Government of India, with much fanfare, enacted the law of banning child labour, in this country. It was welcomed by one and all.

The United Nations Children's Fund, popularly known as UNICEF, while lending support to the government decision of banning child labour, had come out with its own anti-child labour campaign.

Eight year old Choonam Kumari alias Chuniya, from Northern Indian state of Bihar and hailing from a poor family, was the lucky one to have been chosen to feature in UNICEF's awareness campaign against child labour. The UNICEF poster depicting Chuniya's innocent smiling face, which had received country wide publicity, created the desired impact and became an instant hit with the Indian masses.

Later, Chuniya once again hit the news in the Indian press, but this time for wrong reason.

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  1. That is so sad, but I'm glad that at least the little girl and her family got some help.

  2. Wow - that was so interesting. It just goes to show that words are not enough. Simply saying child labour is banned in India isn't going to fix the problem i guess. It's a really sad and cruel reality isn't it?


  3. Wow!!

    Its nice of you to blog such issues and make people aware...

    Also, the articles you have on the blog are great..
    Keep up the good work

    Goa Blog

  4. Ma'am,

    Lets blogroll each others' blogs..

    Hope you would like to have Goa Blog rolled on your blog.

    If you have any more blogs and would like to share links please inform us.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Hi, I stumbled upon your blog from a link on another. Anyway child labour is a serious problem in India and just having a legislation is not going to achieve anything, as we have seen with other laws
    that have been passed, but are implemented only on paper. Addressing the needs of the families which have to force their kids into jobs which are many a times hazardous, should be the way to go.