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70000 Children trafficked in Rats Holes Minning in Jaintia Hills Meghalaya

Child trafficking for forced labor remains to be a serious problem in the Northeast of India. Despite the government’s commitments, under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 1989, the national Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 and the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, Impulse NGO Network estimates that there are an estimated 70,000 Nepalese and Bangladeshi child workers in bonded labor in coal mines in the Janitia Hills, Meghalaya. Under the 6th Schedule of the Indian Constitution the tribal and native communities residing in Meghalaya have exclusive rights over their land which includes the right to operate mines on these lands. This situation means that thousands of privately owned mines are operating in the Janitia Hills and although this is a legal use of the land child labor and bondage labor is prevalent. Watch the link for more updates


1. AHRC and IMPULSE Joint Statement on the issue of children traffiked to work in the coal mines of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya

2. France24 Video:

3. News in Hindustan Times :

4. Le Monde (National France Newspaper) : ( English translation link is: file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Impulse%20NGO/Desktop/Media%20Resp...

5. -- Child Labour News Service dated 19th April 2010 reflecting on Child Trafficking in North East with special reference to Children in the coal mines of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.

6. -- NDTV News:

7. --Tehelka MagaZine: A Story on ‘Half-life of the Coal Child’ file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Impulse%20NGO/Desktop/Tehelka%20-%20India's%20Independent%20Weekly%20News%20Magazine.htm

Other Important News Items are:

8. -- News Clipping by India Environment Portal- Knowledge for Change file:///I:/Research%20on%20Coal%20Mines%20In%20Jaintia%20Hills/Media%20R...

9. -- News Clipping by –The Wall Street Journal on Illegal Coal Mining in Meghalaya has to stop: SC Panel dated 3rd April 2010 file:///I:/Research%20on%20Coal%20Mines%20In%20Jaintia%20Hills/Media%20R...

10. -- Net India 123 on NGO raises concern on children working in coal mines of Jaintia Hill dated 5th June 2010 file:///I:/Research%20on%20Coal%20Mines%20In%20Jaintia%20Hills/Media%20Response/Net%20India123,%20News%20Clipping/ngo%20raises%20concern%20on%20children%20working%20in%20coal%20mines%20of%20jaintia%20hill%20June%205th%20(1).htm

11. --Ek Sparsh dated 25th March 2010 on 70000 child workers in the coal mines of Jaintia Hills: NGO

12. -- Morung Express dated 22nd March 2010 on Child workers in coal mines in North East India remain a cause of concern

13. -- Morung Express 70,000 child workers in the coal mines of Jaintia Hills: NGO dated 19th March 2010 on


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