From Stone Querry to Law School

Former bonded labourer gets admission in a Law School

Amarlal with Mr. Kailash Satyarthi at Bal Ashram after his rescueAmar Lal, a former bonded labourer, who was forced to work in a stone quarry, gets admission in a law school on the eve of World Day Against Child Labour. From being a bonded labourer earning 20 rupees a day to a confident young man who aspires to be a Child Rights activist, Amar Lal’s life is a testimony of transition. 

Amar Lal is from a Banjara community. He is one among 6 brothers and sisters. He and his family were debt labourers bonded to a stone quarry contractor in Rajasthan, India. At the tender age of 6 he went on to assist his father in breaking stones in the stone quarry. This task had to be done manually and was a backbreaking activity. Amarlal had to work with instruments that would have weighed as much as he did. Such extreme circumstances made education next to impossible for this young boy.

Amar Lal who now stays at Bal Ashram after being rescued by BBA activists, always showed the promise by performing well in academics and extracurricular activities. Amarlal got elected as the Sarpanch of Bal Ashram in January 2006. Apart from this he is also part of the cultural team that performs folk theatre to generate awareness on social issues including child labour. He has transformed into an exuberant, confident and passionate to tackle the issue of child labour confidently.

In 2005, Amarlal participated in the "World Congress for Education" where people from all states of India and delegates from 45 countries also participated. He was chosen as a chair in one of the sessions. He represented the voice of child labourers in UNESCO's High Level Group meeting in December 2007 at Dakar, Senegal. Chosen as a child representative to speak alongside world leaders in this high profile meeting of education ministers across the globe, Amarlal highlighted the need of education to child labourers to the assembled world policy makers on education. 

Amarlal joined hands with three other children from Liberia, Senegal and Columbia each representing his own country and the needs of children’s right to education. He reminded the delegates- "Keep your promises to world's children by allocating more budget for education for the poor countries and to abolish child labour". 

His ambition of fighting for the rights of marginalized and his zest to achieve what he believes in, has resulted into his qualification for the law school.