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India court rescues circus children

Thousands of children working in India's circuses are to be taken into care after a ruling by the country's top court.

Until six months ago circuses were exempt from employment laws which prevented those younger than 14 being made to work. And even after a legal ban came in it was largely ignored.

A Supreme Court ruling made enforcement of the law mandatory.

The court ruled on a petition from the Save the Children Movement filed in 2006 after the group studied children in circuses and found the employment often led to child trafficking.

Bhuvan Ribhu, a lawyer for the group, said the court directed the government to conduct raids on circuses to rescue children and devise a rehabilitation plan for them.


From Belfast Telegraph