A child performing at road traffic signals for money constitutes child labour. Do file a complaint at the nearest police station when you see such instances.

Employing adolescents between 14-18 years

Last updated on Jun 22, 2022

Adolescents are allowed to work in places that do non-hazardous work. These establishments that do non-hazardous work are notified by the government. They are also allowed to work:

  1. In a family business. For example, working in your family jewellery business.
  2. As a child artist. For example, acting in Bollywood movies or in an advertisement.

Adolescents between the age of 14 to 18 are not allowed to work in:

  • Mines or places which use inflammable substances or explosives. For example, a factory which manufactures firecrackers.
  • Industries which use hazardous processes which are provided in another law called the Factories Act, 1948. They include coal, power generation, paper, fertilizer, iron and steel industries, asbestos, etc.

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