Hundreds of rescued child labourers and their parents as well as activists protested here Thursday demanding a complete ban on child labour.
Organised by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Global March, the protest at Jantar Mantar was aimed at demanding the passage of the child and adolescent labour bill immediately.
The bill aims to restrict employment of children below 18 years of age in hazardous work and employment of those below 14 years as per the right to education law.
“It is shocking that while the food security bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha, there is yet another pressing issue of child labour that is being ignored,” said Global March chairperson Kailash Satyarthi.
According to R.S. Chaurasia, chairperson of BBA, the children were protesting against denial of rights.
The agitators tried to march toward Parliament House but were stopped by police.