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.