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India’s Nobel laureate fears surge in child labor as Covid shrivels economy

India’s Nobel laureate fears surge in child labor as Covid shrivels economy

An Indian Nobel peace laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, who for decades has rescued thousands of children from the scourge of slavery and trafficking, now fears his efforts could reverse as the COVID-19 pandemic forces children into labor. This comes as the pandemic pummels the Indian economy, and pushes millions of people into poverty, forcing kids to work to make ends meet.

Timothy
Timothy
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India's administration is infamous for being extremely lax when it comes to enforcing laws which crack down on child labor and other serious issues. Child marriages are still a concern, as are practices like untouchability. For a nation which aspires to be among the most developed nations, it can ill afford to be home to such evils. Social justice must go hand in hand with economic justice.

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