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    Wednesday, June 13, 2007

    Find political will to end ‘disgrace’ of child labor, Indian bishops urge

    In a June 12 message, ”Protect children and serve the nation” issued on the day of the observance of No Child Labor Day, Bishop Joshua Mar Ignathios of Mavelikara, chairman of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India Commission for Labor, called child labor “one of the oldest evils” and a “disgrace” that reduces underage workers to the status of “things” rather than human beings.

    “Child labor exists because it is very profitable and convenient for the beneficiaries who are included the elite in the society as also high ranking lawmen,” the bishop said, noting that, while the issue has been studied and discussed for years, “it not only remains unchanged but is spreading rapidly by way of child trafficking.”

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