India still has the highest number of child labourers in the world despite stringent laws and regulations. Bachpan Bachao Andolan has been working consistently with the government to spread awareness about the issue, build ownership and strengthen its response mechanism through prolonged initiatives. India Action Week is one such action where the organisation underpins the work of the government in rescuing victims of child labour across the country. BBA along with state governments, district administrations and local organisations conducts rescue th operations, supplemented by campaigns and trainings. The Week commences from 12 of June every year, which also marks the World Day against Child Labour.
This year, BBA partnered with 13 states to rescue child labourers and heightened awareness on a large scale through simultaneous actions in different states.
Highlights: (in boxes)
Over900 children were rescued
- 42 FIRs lodged
- 11 awareness rallies held across three states, in which more than 500 people participated
- Three training programmes on Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and Immoral Traf?c (Prevention) Act were organised in two states, which saw the participation of around 240 members of law enforcement agencies.
- 40 joint meetings of civil society organisations and law enforcement agencies were organized in 13 states, which were attended by over150 NGOs.
- 3 States (Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) to continue the Action Week for two more months