Children risk life and limb for a living…

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A girl performs a high wire stunt by the road in Mumbai. The government has banned child labour. Under the act, employing children is illegal in jobs which the government defines as hazardous – such as those in fire cracker and glass factories. New rules broaden the definition of “hazardous” to include employment as domestic help and in the hospitality sector. Many Indian families employ children as domestics. There are an estimated 12 million child workers according to government figures. Activists say the real number is up to 60 million. The law does little to address the reasons that compel the family to put children to work: poverty, debt and marginalisation.  Kids have no option but to work, parents have no option but to put them to work. It seems there is little hope for children who work 15-hour days in the confines of urban homes or slave in street food stalls. Life for them is still meagre wages, leftover food, cast-offs to wear, a space on the floor…and a lost childhood.