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Background: Child labour is a big problem. Studies have indicated several problems of child labour. However, few studies have indicated the characteristics of child labour rural India. Objectives: This study has explored characteristics of child labour and their families in the rural community of eastern India and also identified their health problems. Methods: A cross-sectional study was designed to explore their characteristics in purposively selected areas in rural Howrah, India. Frequency table and bar-diagrams were used. Results: The study identified 72% boys and 28% girls as child labour. Majority of the children 67.9% were labour because they wanted to help their parents. In 8.9% cases, they were forced to work by their parents. In 5.4% cases, they were orphans. Majority of the children were not satisfied 78.6% with their job place and job status. Conclusions: Child labourers are not satisfied with their job. Their money is used in family. Parents are illiterate. Lack of effective education system and availability of functional schools are both causes and consequences of child labour. Due to illiteracy, working conditions for these children get worse as they are not even aware of the occupational benefits.

KEYWORDS

Child Labour, Characteristics, Parents, Illiteracy, Rural, India

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Mondal, S. , Dalal, K. , Sahoo, D. and Biswas, A. 2016 Characteristics of Child Labour and Their Health Problems: Findings from Rural Community of India. Health, 8, 931-936. doi: 10.4236-health.2016.810096.





Author: Sourav Mondal1, Koustuv Dalal2*, Dilip Kumar Sahoo1, Animesh Biswas3

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