Illegal Mica Mining In India Has A Grim Picture Of Child Labour And It’s Killing More Every Month

The Logical Indian

August 3rd, 2016 / 3:06 PM

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation | Image Courtesy: squarespace

Child Labour still rampant
A recent investigation by Thomson Reuters Foundation has revealed the appalling state of children working in the illegal mica mines of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, in India. The investigation reports seven child deaths in the last two months. Today, the demand of mica is on the rise as this mineral adds a sparkle to cosmetics and makeup items and car paint.


Illegal & Inhuman
70 percent of India’s mica output comes from illegal mines. After a great boost in China’s natural cosmetics sector, India exports the maximum amount of mica because of a vast black market. Unfortunately, as one might say, local villagers are recruited for mining mica because they don’t have any other work to depend on. Hence, the mine owners encash the availability of cheap labourers. Children are also not spared. They don’t go to schools and help their parents in work to earn some extra money.


Deaths of Children not reported
The report suggests that only 10% of child deaths is reported to police, while there looms a grimmer picture deep within. The Thomson Reuters Foundation findings were backed up by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s child protection group Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) – or Save the Childhood Movement – which documented over 20 mica-related deaths in June.

To read the report in detail, click here.

 


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Child Miners: The Dark Secret of Jharkhand’s Mining Industry

Trace It And Curb It: Kerala Govt Sets Up New Body To Fight Against Child Labour

Kailash Satyarthi Begins 35-Day Bharat Yatra In His Fight Against Child Abuse

Illegal Mining

Odisha: Supreme Court Issues 100% Penalty On Illegal Mining In The State

Coal India To Shut Down 37 Mines, 11,000 Workers Will Be Affected

200 Child Labourers Rescued In Telangana As Part Of National Campaign To Find Missing Children

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

HC Says ESI Corporation Cannot Deny Certificate To The Employees For Late Filing Of Returns

News

GST Council Meet: Government Cuts GST Rate On 88 Items, Makes Sanitary Napkins Tax-Free

News

Accused Of Rape, Haryana Temple Priest Arrested After Raping Video Goes Viral

News

Another Mob Lynching In Alwar On Suspicion Of Cow Smuggling, Fathers Demands Justice For Son

Awareness

#DigitalIndia: More Than 40,000 Classrooms In Kerala Government Schools Become Digital

TLI Explains

TLI Explains: All You Need To Know About The No-Confidence Motion

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.