For India’s child police, work trumps school


“For nine-year-old Animesh, who started working for the police when he was five, life is totally different from that of other local children. While they go to school, his mother has to cajole him to go to work on his tricycle by offering him sweets.

Animesh, who lives in the Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh, is one of more than 300 children who work for the Department of Police in the state, appointed on compassionate grounds after their fathers died on duty.

While these children have been assigned light jobs such as serving tea and carrying files, they also carry the heavy responsibility of supporting their families.”


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