The phenomenon of child labour is a result of the exploitation of the socioeconomic system in a society. It not only ignores the basic rights of proper development to millions of children in the world but also hinders the development process in many developing countries. About half of the world’s child labour engaged in South Asia is in miserable conditions in the fields of agriculture, brick kilns, small industries, carpet weaving, domestic services and auto repairing workshops. This study was carried out to investigate child labour in auto workshops, their issues, causes and prevention in Hyderabad District. The objectives of the study were: (i) to find out the number of children working in Auto Workshops in Hyderabad District, (ii) to examine the factor s responsible for child labour, (iii) to discuss existing labour laws of the country in context of child labour and (iv) to suggest measures for preventing child labour. The population of this study comprised of: (i) child workers working in Auto Workshops in Hyderabad District (ii) Employers of Auto workshops, and (iii) Parents of child workers. For choosing the sample from the population, purposive sampling technique was used. The sample consisted of 150 child workers working in Auto Workshops in Hyderabad district, 25 Employers of Auto Workshops in Hyderabad and 25 Parents whose children were working as labourers in Auto Workshops. The instruments used for data collection were three questionnaires, each for child workers, employers and parents of child workers. After pilot testing, the questionnaires were improved by modifying them. The data was analyzed and interpreted by using percentage method .
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