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India-mining-children-labour,FEATURE; by Ammu Kannampilly In this... News PhotoChild,Coal,Coal Mine,Horizontal,India,Industrial Building,Meghalaya,Mining,Minority Groups,Occupation,Photograph,Road,Side View,Social Issues,VillagePhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPTO GO WITH: India-mining-children-labour,FEATURE; by Ammu Kannampilly In this photograph taken on January 31, 2013, workers shovel coal into baskets at a road side coal depot in Mulang village in the Indian northeastern state of Meghalaya. Child labour is officially illegal in India, with several state laws making the employment of anyone under 18 in a hazardous industry a non-bailable offence. Meghalaya, however, has traditionally been exempt due to its special status as a northeastern state with a significant tribal population. According to the Shillong-based non-profit, Impulse NGO Network, some 70,000 children are currently employed in Meghalaya's mines, with several thousand more working at coal depots. AFP PHOTO/ Roberto Schmidt (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)