The rising tide of child abuse content on social media across the world

Paul Bischoff* In 2020 alone, Facebook removed 35.9 million pieces of content flagged under “child nudity and sexual exploitation,” according to the social network’s latest transparency report. And Facebook isn’t alone; Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, and Snapchat combined remove millions of posts and images that fall foul of community guidelines regarding child abuse. When … Continue reading The rising tide of child abuse content on social media across the world

The dark side of shinning glittering industries: Rampant child labour in Mica mines of India

By Sarika Maurya, Kshitij Gautam* Colonial History is witness that these Adivasis people of Jharkhand’s mica rich areas are being exploited by the other people for their benefit. And even now no changes could have been made, exploitation of the people in these areas are very rampant since colonial times. Theft and illicit mining of … Continue reading The dark side of shinning glittering industries: Rampant child labour in Mica mines of India

Only 10% of POCSO cases sent for the trial are disposed of every year: KSCF study

Excerpts from the paper by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, “Status of POCSO cases in India”, based on data pertaining to POCSO extracted from National Crime Records Bureau, Crime in India report 2017-2019; conviction rate of POCSO cases by states for the year 2018, taken from Lok Sabha Un-Starred Question No 2627; and documents published … Continue reading Only 10% of POCSO cases sent for the trial are disposed of every year: KSCF study

Impact of pandemic on child labour: Need for safe return-to-work policy for adults

By Swapnil Lohani* Over the past nine months, the entire news and social media has been flooded with reports of rising cases of Covid-19 and the impact it has had on India’s economy. Millions of people lost their jobs or were forced to take pay cuts. Migrants were forced to walk hundreds of kilometers back … Continue reading Impact of pandemic on child labour: Need for safe return-to-work policy for adults

Supporting the daily wage labourers in the pandemic

Dr. Neha Lall* The first case of the novel COVID19 virus was reported in India on the 30th of January and on 22nd of March the first Janta curfew was announced. From 25th of March onwards, different phases of lockdown have been implemented in India. The rapid spread of the virus and the sudden announcements … Continue reading Supporting the daily wage labourers in the pandemic

Anti-child labour movement: Why is bottom-up approach so successful?

By J Ranjith Kumar* There is a strong notion that social movements require strong leaders to lead from the front. Leaders are thought of visionaries who help in directing a movement, in negotiating with external stakeholders, and in mobilizing volunteers for the movement. While all of these may seem true from a very superficial perspective, … Continue reading Anti-child labour movement: Why is bottom-up approach so successful?

152 million reasons to end child labour by year 2025

By Timothy Ryan* An African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child, but one can also say that it takes the whole world to protect one child. Children today are faced with increasing challenges. When children should be playing, studying and enjoying their short yet foundational period of childhood they are … Continue reading 152 million reasons to end child labour by year 2025