Milestones

1980
  • Founded by Kailash Satyarthi and a small group of concerned and likeminded individuals as the first movement against bonded labour in India 
  • The first ever rescue of 15 year old girl Sabo and 34 bonded labourers from brick kiln
1981
  • Started unionising stone quarry workers and brick kiln workers
  • First Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court
1982
  • Rescue operations conducted in 10 states in India
1983
  • Historic judgement received from the Supreme Court of India, thousands of bonded labourers released in one go
1984
  • Initiated interventions in the carpet industry and process of liberating child labour in the industry began
  • BBA activist Dhoom Das was assassinated
1985
  • Kailash Satyarthi and three other BBA activists brutally attacked in Ramganj Mandi where they were raising the issue of mass sexual exploitation of enslaved tribal girls and women
  • BBA activist Adarsh Kishore was assassinated
1986
  • Enactment of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act by the Parliament of India
  • BBA expands its awareness building work in Nepal
1987
  • BBA expands awareness building work in Pakistan
  • Hundreds of children liberated from the slate-pencil industry in Mandsaur
  • Nearly 2000 bonded families rescued from stone quarries with the help of Supreme Court
1988
  • Historic Nathdwara temple entry march where Dalits (untouchables non-Hindus) were strictly prohibited for 400 years
  • Kailash Satyarthi and 5 Dalit bonded labourers were brutally beaten up by orthodox priests
1989
  • South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS) – a network of more than 750 CSO – through the active participation of child labourers of Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh assembled in New Delhi
1990
  • Mukti Ashram, the first transit rehabilitation cum education centre established for bonded child labourers
  • Launch of the carpet consumer's campaign in Germany and other countries
1991
  • Initiated 'Anti-Firecracker Campaign' to highlight the plight of young children involved in manufacturing of fire crackers; 10,000 schools and 6-7 million children were sensitised during the campaign
1992
  • South Asian Regional meet to broaden Carpet Children Campaign in Pakistan and Nepal
1993
  • 2000 km Bihar-Delhi march against child labour for increasing public awareness, the first such campaign/march in India 
  • Intensified consumer campaign in Europe and the US on carpet made by children 
  • Introduction of the first ever social labelling on child labour – Rugmark; replicated in many countries as a new Corporate Social Responsibility and ethical trade tactic.
1994
  • Bharat Yatra – 5000 km march from Kanya Kumari to Delhi against child labour 
  • First social label on child labour free carpet 'Rugmark' launched
1995
  • South Asia March Against Child Labour and trafficking from Calcutta to Kathmandu
  • Campaign against child domestic labour resulted in banning of employment of children by government employees 
  • Formation of Parliamentary Forum on child labour
1996
  • Launch of Fairplay Campaign focusing on child labour in manufacturing sports goods in India
  • First ever Bal Sansad (Children's Parliament) in India participated by over 10,000 children
1997
  • Establishment of Bal Ashram, the second rehabilitation cum education centre in Rajasthan for bonded child labourers
  • Establishment of a similar transit rehabilitation cum education centre for girls – Balika Ashram – in Delhi
1998
  • Global March Against Child Labour across 103 countries covering 80,000 kms and participated by 7.2 million children, women and men demanding International ban on child labour
1999
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 on elimination of the worst form of child labour adopted by the international community,(India has yet to ratify the treaty)
  • Global Campaign for Education formed
2000
  • Hosted first ever international round table on child labour and education held; participation of UN organisations amongst others
  • Start of the worldwide Global Action Week on Education 
  • Formation of Parliamentary Forum on Education
2001
  • Nation-wide Shiksha Yatra (Education March) demanding education to be made as a fundamental rights leading to constitutional amendment
  • Beginning of Bal Mitra Gram (Child Friendly Villages) model as a preventive programme to tackle child labour and child trafficking and ensuring participation of children in education
2002
  • World Cup Campaign, targeting child labour in soccer industry
  • Launch of research and campaign on child labour and child trafficking in circuses in India
  • Enhancement in budgetary allocation of education through advocacy and lobby
2003
  • Formation of the first National Children's Assembly (Panchayat)
  • All India Circus Conference resulted in an MoU between BBA and Indian circus industry to stop employment and exploitation of children
2004
  • Kailash Satyarthi and BBA activists brutally attacked by circus mafia during a raid 
  • Movement against trafficking for forced labour launched
2005
  • Hosted Second Children's World Congress on Child Labour and Education in New Delhi
  • First research of Child Labour and Trafficking in Garment Sector
2006
  • On 10 October 2006, domestic child labour banned after BBA sustained a campaign for 10 years.
  • President of India administers oath against child labour to legal and judicial fraternity at BBA’s silver jubilee (25 years) function.
2007
  • South Asian March Against Child Trafficking for forced labour – a 5000 kms. march with 1 million people.
  • Exposed slavery in the world's largest garment company GAP Inc – resulted in a new chapter for ethical trade and supply chain management.
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on investigation of trafficking for forced labour prepared by BBA for Govt. of India
2008
  • India Action Week constituted – more than 500 child labourers rescued from various parts of India within one week
  • South Asian Congress on Child Labour and Education held
  • India Action Week against child labour organised.
2009
  • Landmark judgement by High Court of Delhi laid down roles and responsibilities of govt. departments like police, labour etc. for comprehensive legal action against child labour 
  • Nepal March demanding fundamental right to education in Nepal.
  • The Supreme Court of India forms the All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights under the aegis of NALSA in BBA’s central office.
2010
  • Government forms the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
  • 125 Public Hearings in 9 states organised on enforcement of Right to Education found dismal enforcement of the law.
  • Landmark judgement of Delhi High Court for registration and regulation of placement agencies.
2011
  • Supreme Court prohibits child labour in circuses 
  • Landmark judgment of Delhi High Court specifying Standard Operating Procedure on issue of missing children.
  • First ever comprehensive research on missing children in India launched.
2012
  • Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the constitutional amendment that resulted in formulation of the Right to Education Act, 2009.
2013
  • Supreme Court prohibits child labour in circuses 
  • Landmark judgment of Delhi High Court specifying Standard Operating Procedure on issue of missing children.
  • First ever comprehensive research on missing children in India launched.
2014
  • Kailash Satyarthi, BBA founder conferred the Nobel Peace Prize, 2014 for his struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. He thereby became the first Indian-origin person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister Labour and Employment dedicate one month salary to BBA

  • Published a study on irregularities in the implementation of Right To Education Act and school records of children in labour and employment.

2015

  • CM Tarun Gogoi, on behalf of Assam Government announces to contribute to a fund for rehabilitation and welfare of trafficked children after discussion with BBA and partner organisation Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation.

  • Slavery included in the 2015 United Nations development goals-Sustainable Development Goals- after a successful international campaign led by Global March against Child Labour and supported in India by BBA.

  • Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, passed fully including the recommendations from BBA. Focus on children in conflict with the law and children in need of care and protection.

  • BBA's first online social media campaign - Full Stop - against child sexual abuse. This led NCPCR to include guidelines for protection of children in crèches.

  • Research on Employment of Children in Hazardous and Family Run Business published.

  • Conducted a study on National Education Policy in BMG villages highlighting the expectations of the hardest to reach people from the national policy.

2016
  • Child Labour banned for children under 14 years with the passing of the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 2016, after BBA's long struggle. BBA's work commended by several minsters in Parliament.

  • Rules of Juvenile Justice Act passed in consultation with BBA.

  • Participated in framing the Revised Bonded Labour Scheme being a core group member.

  • Bal Samvad, (children's dialogue) held in Koderma, Jharkhand-1,000 children and adults from over 150 villages, interacted with top officials of National Commissions of Child Protection. NCPCR to monitor attendance in two schools in Jharkhand as a pilot programme.