A staggering 76.47 per cent of child labourers rescued in Mumbai eventually go back to the same profession from which they are rescued, according to a study carried out by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY).
The study, conducted to assess the rehabilitation process of child labourers, was carried out on 85 children (78 boys and 7 girls). More than half the children belonged to the 11 to 13 age group and hailed from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. Most worked full time in the hotel, leather and zari industries.
The study also revealed that a majority of the children worked for more than 10 hours a day and earned between Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 per month. They are subjected to frequent verbal, physical, even sexual abuse.
"It is surprising that there are just two labour inspectors for the entire city," said Kumar Nilendu, general manager (West), development support, CRY.
The study also revealed that 77 FIRs have been filed so far on 366 establishments, of which only 209 were produced in court and 157 didn't come for hearing.