More than 45k child labourers in Kerala

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015,18:30 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | As many as 45,400 children of 5-14 years, including main and marginal workers, are engaged in work in Kerala, according to the Census-2011.
The highest number of working children is in Thiruvananthapuram district (7,378), followed by Malappuram (5,023), Kollam (3,549) and Kasaragod (3,540), UNICEF Chief (Kerala and Tamil Nadu) Zachariah said in a statement here today.
The number is lowest in Wayanad (1,254) followed by Pathanamthitta (1,463), Idukki (2,204) and Kottayam (2318). Mr Zachariah said Kerala should make efforts to make the state child labour- free.
”Kerala is a model for other states in social and human development. It could set another example by eliminating child labour,” the UNICEF state chief added.
”Child labour is a crime against children and humanity. It is unacceptable. Child labour adversely affects education, health and physical and social development of children.”
The World Day against Child Labour is observed on June 12, every year all over the world. This year, the focus of the Day is on ensuring quality education to all children as a key step in addressing child labour.