Campaign Against child labor and campaign against child trafficking, conducted a national audit on the status of child labor in India. The audit covered 12 states and found that the number of children rescued in the last three years was a fraction of the number employed in the unorganized sector.
The latest census suggest that 1.86 lakh children below the age of 14 are engaged as child domestic workers while the figure for those working in the dhabas,restaurants and hotels is about 70,934.
According to data collected through audit only 5,096 children were rescued from 10 states. There is hardly any implementation of law and availability of resources so there is little done for the rescue and rehabilitation of these children.
The audit also found that survey and information on children employed in domestic work was difficult to be gathered.
The NCW conducted a comprehensive survey of the 5000 widows and destitute women living in Vrindavan which revealed that most of them live in pitiable conditions. They are solely dependent either on the alms given by pilgrims or doles from the government.
The survey also revealed that 74% of the widows belonged to West Bengal followed by 3% each from UP and Chattisgarh. The status of widowed women in West Bengal is amongst the worst in the country and poverty is another compelling reason. A majority of them did not pension and ration cards and survived on earnings from Bhajan ashram and alms.
The living quarters of these women do not have basic facilities like toilets, electricity and running water. The women who live in temples and ashrams are the most deprived as they are brought by the gurus who run the establishment and they get the shelter in return for doing work like cooking and cleaning.
The report come in response to a SC directive given on behalf of PIL filled by an NGO highlighting the need for improving the conditions of widows in India.