Child Labor Banned in India

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Indian boys look out a window during the same police raid in Mumbai (see previous photo).

Indian government officials said on October 10, 2006, that police were on standby in several states to launch raids on employers suspected of breaking a new law banning many employers from hiring children as laborers. Anyone found breaking the law faces up to one year's imprisonment and a 20,000-rupee (U.S. $425) fine.

The government ran full-page newspaper ads over the weekend, with a photograph of a toddler sweeping a floor. Above the photo was a warning to employers that they could face jail time if they fail to observe the law.

But skeptics have questioned to what extent the new law will be enforced, especially since existing legislation against child labor is often ignored.

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