According to a report in the Hindustan Times of the 10th, more and more school-age Indian children have to drop out of school and go to farms and factories due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown. The number of job seekers has reached a level that is difficult to quantify. These children may become the “lost generation” in India.
According to reports, 16-year-old Indian girl Monkala Pali and her 15-year-old sister became child laborers during the epidemic. Because Monkala Pali’s mother and sister lost their jobs as nanny in the big city, the younger sisters were forced to work on the farm with their mother. Monkala Pali said: “It is hard to work in the hot sun, but we must at least make enough money to buy rice and other daily necessities, so we have to work.”
The problems of school drop out children and child labor have plagued India for many years. A previous study showed that there are more than 56 million school drop outs in India, over twice the number in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. International Labor Organization data shows that among Indian children out of school, about 10.1 million are child laborers. The new corona epidemic has further worsened the child labor problem in India.