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Photographer's Note

I saw this young boy at the Connaught place in New Delhi which is is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi. He is eight years old and lives at the suburbs and comes to town with his brother. He had a shoeshine kit with scenes from Bollywood movies and charges 10-20 rupees for polishing shoes.

On a positive note this boy is still with his family and is not doing a hazrdous job.

The 2001 national census of India estimated the total number of child labour, aged 514, to be at 12.6 million. Child labor problem is not unique to India; worldwide, about 215 million children work, many full-time.

In 2001, out of a 12.6 million, about 0.12 million children in India were in a hazardous job. UNICEF estimates that India with its larger population, has the highest number of labourers in the world under 14 years of age.

There are multiple factors for this such as poverty, caste system & landlords in villages forcing people to go to cities in search of a better life. Once they are in a city slum, lack of schooling and poverty pushes them into work. In a country like India with a massive population, it will be unlikely that child labourers are going to disappear anytime soon. Ironically even the west with its massive welfare bills are struggling to cope and cuts are on their way!

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  • Copyright: Arun Iyer (Aruns) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 37] (145)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-10-17
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2012-11-01 8:05
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