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UNICEF poster girl works in dhaba
Tribune News Service

Patna, November 20
The UNICEF’s poster girl to launch its campaign against child labour in Bihar earns her livelihood by working as a maid at a roadside dhaba here.

And what perhaps can be called a “comedy of errors” the photo shoot did nothing to change Chunchun’s life as she continued to be a victim of what UNICEF’s campaign is trying to counter.

Ten-year-old Chunchun Kumari is also unaware of child rights and the related ban imposed on employing children below 14 years of age either at roadside dhaba or as a domestic help.

The UNICEF authorities reportedly had clicked Chunchun’s photograph a month back.

Official sources disclosed that an estimated over 2 lakh children from Bihar alone worked as domestic help and at roadside dhabas across the country on or before October 10 — the day when the Centre finally decided to execute the law banning employing child labour.

The illiterate Chunchun said she had no option than to work in the dhaba to support her poor family.

Chunchun said neither she nor her parents received any help either from UNICEF or the Nitish government in Bihar.

The UNICEF did not pay anything to the poor girl for using her as a mascot for its campaign against child labour.


Child labour faces systematic violence: ILO
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 20
Millions of child labourers and legally employed adolescents face systematic violence at their places of work, ranging from physical or verbal abuse to sexual harassment, rape and even murder.

These shocking facts are reiterated in the “World Report on Violence Against Children,” published today on the Universal Children’s Day.

According to the report, some categories of child and adolescent domestic workers - youth in the informal economy, children in debt bondage and modern forms of slavery and those doing hazardous work - are particularly at the risk of violence.



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