Despite three decades of anti-child labor laws, millions of children are still forced to work - many in dire conditions and at the expense of their schooling.
Companies who have faced criticism for poor working conditions found in their supply chains have backed a fund to combat forced labor. The fund supports tech startups that seek to monitor abuses or trace products.
The unfolding political emergency in the Maldives has prompted calls for India to intervene and resolve the deteriorating situation. The crisis poses both a diplomatic and ideological challenge for New Delhi.
A proposed bill criminalizing "triple talaq" among Indian Muslims has spawned an acrimonious debate. Critics complain if it becomes law, it could be used as a tool against Muslim men and wouldn't help Muslim women.
India's parliament has passed a revised labor bill that bans children less than 14 years of age from doing hazardous jobs but allows them to work in family businesses. Rights groups have slammed the new act.
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