Target: President Pranab Mukherjee and the Parliament of India
Goal: Make child labor illegal for youth under 14 years old
The Indian government has proposed legislation aimed at banning labor for children under the age of 14. The new law would feature three-year jail sentences for violators, as well as a $900 fine. If passed this would be a landmark moment for India, which has historically endorsed child labor as a means of supporting both local and national economies. This is also coming on the heels of a 2009 act which declared that all children between ages 6-14 had the right to free government education. A change like this could effect the lives of millions for the better. Please take the time to send support for this proposed law.
UNICEF estimates that 28 million children under the age of 14 are currently employed in India today; and while they are no longer permitted to work in ‘hazardous’ conditions–thanks to the 1986 Child Labor Act–they are still made to perform grueling tasks in agricultural settings and elsewhere. India has long believed that ending child labor would harm the economy since it would require removing a significant part of the labor force. However, education is now seen as a long term boon to the economy, and so educating the would-be child laborers makes sense in both economic and humanitarian terms.
This is the first time a complete ban on child labor has had a real chance to become a reality in India. If passed, it could potentially change the lives of millions of children and the nation as a whole. Voice support for this proposed legislation and let the Indian government know that the well-being and education of children is always of the utmost importance.
Dear President Pranab Mukherjee and Parliament of India,
As global citizens we are all invested in the well-being and quality of life of people everywhere and I would like to take this opportunity to applaud you in your recent efforts concerning the proposed legislation banning child labor. Such an attempt to protect children at the expense of the labor force requires restraint as well as foresight.
I believe that providing free education to those under the age of fourteen is the wisest investment possible; an educated youth will lead to a reasoning adolescence and ultimately a capable and comprehending future generation. A non-educated generation likely would have not have even considered this proposed ban. To continue on this path will only nurture more progress. I urge you to see this legislation through. You will not regret it.
[Your Name Here]
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