chapter  7
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An Overview of Child Labour in India

BySubhashini Subbaraman and Harald von Witzke

Child labour remains a serious social and economic issue confronting the developing world. Much effort has been spent by international organisations and national governments alike in combating child labour. Recent statistics show a downward trend in child labour especially the worst forms (ILO 2006a). Abolition of child labour is also listed as a core labour standard (OECD 2000). Globalisation and increasing trade between the north and the south have helped to bring this issue into focus and increase awareness among the public. Child labour has been a subject of intense public scrutiny as a result of media reports, and the work of the ILO and other international organisations. The research and outreach activities of the nongovernmental organisations have also increased considerably in this sector.