Miljontals indiska barn sliter sju dagar i veckan


Miljontals indiska barn sliter sju dagar i veckan i
tusentals företag men nu skall äntligen en ny lag antas
av parlamentet som strängt förbjuder detta med hårda straff
för dem som överträder den.
Jag har just skrivit under.


Dear Einar,

It’s 3:15 am in Bhimnagar, India. With the family’s newest infant
addition latched to her side, Kalawati* wakes up her husband,
six-year-old daughter, and eight-year-old son to eat breakfast – a small
handful of rice. The meal won’t satisfy anyone’s hunger but it’s all
Kalawati’s children will eat until 1pm. They’re not heading to school;
the whole family needs to begin their 18-hour work day at the brick kiln
before the sun rises.

Today will be the same for Kalawati’s children as the last – hauling
buckets of water, mixing mud to make bricks, putting the mixture into
brick moulds, a lunch of molasses and water, stacking bricks into piles,
digging up soil for the next day’s bricks. At the end of the day, both
children will try to rub the ache out of their backs while Kalawati
helplessly suggests they try walking around to ease the pain knowing
that it won’t work.

That’s not the extreme in the possible tortures of a day in the life of
a child slave in India. There are days when children are beaten to force
them into submission; days when a mother is forced to watch a brick kiln
owner dangle her son over a 700°C flame simply to frighten her. Rather,
it’s just the typical day that the Indian Parliament could act on to
make a distant memory for every Indian child forever.

The Indian Parliament has extended their session to Friday, 6 September
to progress a number of important bills before they prepare for
election. They are paying attention to what voters are saying as well as
the opinions of activists rallying all over the world in defence of the
child slaves of India.

Kalawati won’t have the chance to speak out for her children, but you
can – tell the Indian Parliament to pass the Child and Adolescent Labour
Abolition Bill TODAY:

If passed, the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill would:
1) prohibit employment of children under 14 years of age;
2) outline harsh sentences for violators; and
3) provide for monitoring of suspected cases of child slavery.

This legislation would put an end to the enslavement of children in
India, but it risks not passing without a demonstration of mass public

Will you help? Take action now:

Kalawati wants the same futures for her children as every other parent.
And she has one more wish – that her children will know a life outside
of slavery.

Thank you,

Debra, Ryan, Jessica, Kate, Mich, Amy and the Walk Free Team

*Name changed to protect identity

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