ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Children and the Indian Circus

The Indian circus has been going through a crisis since the environment ministry banned the training and performance of wild animals in 1991; now with the Supreme Court ban on employment of children in circuses it faces a new difficulty. While exploitation, sexual abuse, inadequate healthcare and issues of remuneration need to be addressed, it should also be recognised that children have always figured prominently in the history of physical training and culture in circuses. The present circumstances could bring down the edifice of the 140-year old Indian circus for good.

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