ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Combating Child Labour with Labels

The 1990s witnessed an increased concern for child labour with human rights groups, industry and consumer groups in the developed world launching several private initiatives to mitigate child labour in particular industries. Rugmark is one such 'labelling' initiative that seeks to provide an economic incentive for manufacturers to stop employing children in the carpet industry. This study based on field research in the districts of Mirzapur and Bhadohi in UP, the heartland of the hand-knotted carpet industry in India asks how much Rugmark and similar labelling initiatives have achieved in their efforts towards containing child labour and the factors likely to impede or boost their initiatives.

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