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K S Sarojamma

Education & Children

Issue: Child Labour

Factsheet:

  • 12.6 million children work as labourers in India: Census 2001
  • India has the highest number of child labourers in the world: Unicef

What Makes Sarojamma a Real Hero?

Child labour continues to be one of India's biggest curses. And in silk factories children are put to work for their nimble fingers. They toil away for long hours, their frail bodies bent over in low-lit factories. Sarojamma took on the silk trading mafia to fight valiantly for the rights of children working in inhumane conditions at the silk factories of Magadi, 70 kms from Bengaluru. Thanks to her efforts, over 3000 children have been rescued and 800 of 1000 silk units have been shut down. She now runs a home for girls rescued from child labour called 'Chiguru Balvikas Sanstha' and is lovingly called 'Amma'. She has continued her battle even after her husband, a whistle blower, was killed.

K S Sarojamma

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