Photograph: Atul Loke, © Legatum Limited 2018
Jaipur’s Story of Impact
Why does it matter?
CLFJ partners meet with senior labour officials and the Rajasthan Labour Secretary who shared his commitment to fight child labour, and re-constituted the National Child Labour Project state-level monitoring committee, including CLFJ members.
Government’s commitment to fighting child labour is essential to ensure sustained success on the issue.
Under CLFJ, 598 rescued children have been returned home to Bihar, with 40 field workers conducting continuous follow-up.
When children enroll in school and their families receive government benefits, they are less likely to be re-trafficked. Less than 1.6% of CLFJ monitored children are re-trafficked.
Rajasthan High Court orders that rescued children provide their court testimony before returning to their home state.
Once fully enforced, this will eliminate the need to bring children back from Bihar to testify, increasing the chances they provide accurate testimony, without the risk of influence of their trafficker.
First conviction against a trafficker in Jaipur (with life imprisonment). It has been reported as the FIRST EVER CHILD LABOUR CONVICTION IN INDIA using the Penal Code provision against Trafficking of a Minor.
This landmark case sets a precedent that the Jaipur courts will not let traffickers act with impunity. Momentum is building, with multiple convictions following this one.