Underage Earners

Some 250,000 children under 14 are working as mechanics, weavers and laborers in India-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
 
As fathers are impaired or killed from ongoing violence in “the oldest unresolved disagreement on the UN’s agenda,” children are sent to work to help make ends meet.
 
A 2009 study found that 9.2% of child laborers are 5-10 years old; the rest are 11-14. The majority drop out of school permanently. While Kashmir law forbids child labor, violators are rarely charged.

Exacerbating the problem is the government’s sluggish processing of financial assistance for victims of violence.
 
IPS News

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