The data showed that 1,372 children under the age of 14 are currently employed in hazardous occupations such as the leather and zari industry, and in hotels.
According to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, children under the age of 14 can only be employed in nonhazardous occupations. Pratham collected ward-wise data over two months and found the highest number of under-14 child labourers (448) between wards A and E, mostly employed in the leather industry near Nagpada and Madanpura.
About 188 children were found working in Dharavi, while 169 were identified between Bandra and Borivli.
The data also revealed that 60% of child labourers were in the organised sector, while 40% fell in the unorganised sector.
Varsha Gaikwad, state minister for women and child development, was present at the event and said her department will work with the labour and home departments to rescue these children.