New Delhi: On the occasion of Children's Day Friday, Nobel laureate and child rights crusader Kailash Satyarthi urged parliament to pass a strong anti-child labour law in the upcoming session.
"I urge parliament to pass a strong anti-child labour law in the upcoming session as this has been pending for nearly two years," Satyarthi appealed in a statement.
"I demand complete ban on all forms of child labour bringing the law in sync with Right to Education Act. I further demand prohibition of employment of children between 14-18 years in hazardous occupations and processes.
"Rehabilitation should be made an integral part of the legislation," Satyarthi said.
Questioning the celebrations when "millions of children" are still working as labourers, Satyarthi said India needed to act immediately.
"While the nation is celebrating Children's Day, millions of children are compelled to languish in various forms of labour from farms to mines and factories to homes. Their innocence, freedom and future are getting robbed and education denied," he said.
"Unless they are brought back to the classrooms, any celebration is incomplete. A proud and progressive India has to act now," he added.
Satyarthi along with Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.