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Child rights situational analysis in tea gardens in Assam

India's tea gardens are popular as a scenic Northeast vacation destination, but behind the serene facade of the acres of gently rolling green hills rich is a culture that is exploitative and cruel to children. Assam's tea gardens, famed as the source of the world's finest teas have a hidden dark secret that has only recently come to light: child rights violation.

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Raise your hands against the child labour

Despite decades of initiatives to end child labour, India is home to 6.5% of the world's child labour population. Along with activism, on-ground grassroots work by NGOs, and government programs, it is public support can weed out child labour from its roots. Grassroot activism can expose this crime, educate the masses, and liberate children from suffering.

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Types of abuse that millions of India's children face

The UNICEF defines violence against children as "physical and mental abuse and injury, neglect or negligent treatment, exploitation and sexual abuse.” Further, the definition explains how violence can take place anywhere in “homes, schools, orphanages, residential care facilities, on the streets, in the workplace, in prisons and in places of detention." Violence is just one component of child abuse. Abuse can harm a child's health, survival, dignity and development, according to the WHO.
 

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Four ways for children and adults to report abuse

India's restrictions on sex education and abuse, evident in the ban on sex education in 13 states have only enabled abuse to go hidden. According to a 2007 survey by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, over half of all Indian children under 18 have suffered some kind of sexual abuse, 25% of which was inflicted by someone “known to the child". Most children never report this abuse.
 

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Why child labour is unacceptable and what you can do stop it

Child labour is one of the leading aspects of child abuse and exploitation. When child labour creeps in, it is not only the child who suffers but the society is also impacted as a whole. Nelson Mandela once remarked, “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children”. It is something which still means a lot. How a society treats its children is an important yardstick to measure its morale and ethics.

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