[A few years back, some Indian government people released a statement that "the Maoists" (which the government calls ay radical movement in tribal areas) have a lot of child soldiers. To some extent, the government in saying this is reacting to and slandering the youthfulness of rebellion. Because young people in India's tribal areas become politically active and join political movements against the conditions they have been born and grown up in, the ranks of rebellious and revolutionary movements are filled with young people. But the fact that the police force young people to leave school and work for the police, reveals what the police really think of children, as they have created an unschooled "child police" force which, one can only predict, will backfire in many ways. -- Frontlines ed.]
For India’s child police, work trumps school
Children of officers killed on duty are given jobs to provide for families, but their studies take a backseat.
Shuriah Niazi, Al Jazeera, 14 Sep 2014
Raipur, India – Children as young as five are being required to work for the police force in central India despite prohibitions on child labour in the country’s constitution.
At least 300 “child police” work in police departments across Chhattisgarh state in what officials insist is a compassionate policy to provide an income for the families of officers killed on duty. Continue reading