Child Labour : Can We Bring Back Their Childhood?

Child Labour : Can We Bring Back Their Childhood?

We can see many children working at various locations from Metros to Villages. It is really a critical problem of India as well as rest of the World. We have to collectively work against Child Labour. We cannot bring back their childhood but we can give them freedom of life.

Yesterday, it was World Day Against Child Labour there was a thousands of tweets on over social media with #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour. Practically we cannot think about such issues. Every child is meant to ‘Learn’ not to ‘Earn’. This day should not be limited to our social profiles. Every one of us needs to think about this issue, and work to remove this disease from our society. Every child have his own dreams, it is not fare with these thousands of children to vanish their dreams because they just born in poor sections of our society

This Day was started in 2002 to create awareness to stop child labour. It is marked on June 12 to focus on effective actions and efforts needed towards eliminate child labour. According to a report of UNICEF, over one hundred and fifty million children across the world are engaged in child labour. We have to work in areas of conflicts and disasters to protect children from child labour”.

India is a biggest home with 39% child population which is the largest population of children across the world (Census 2011). Our Constitution of India ensures the right of all children of age between 6 to 14 years to get free and compulsory education. They are not allowed to work anywhere as children in labour work. All essentials laws and policies have put in framework in our constitutions and IPC against child labour. Despite the several laws, country is emerging with multidimensional factors that push children in factories, industries or services to join workforce prematurely. In India about 80 Lakh children are working in rural areas and 20 Lakh in urban areas, which consist of 44% girl child and 55 % male child in total 1 crore children engaged in labour work(As per Census 2011).

Conflicts and disasters impact people’s lives leading to poverty, starvation also fleeing homes. People get trapped in various bad conditions where even basic human rights are not available. Children in the process suffer the most with the lack of education or food. Most of these children get displaced in the process and are often transported as refugees to other countries.

Engagement of Child Labour

The Government has reconstructed the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), and established Child Labour Protection Cell and State Resource Centres among other measures for dealing with this difficult situation. Instead of several efforts to eliminate child labour, it is increasing in numbers day by day in our country.  Best practices on curbing child labour from other parts of the country where we find less child labour need to be studied, adapted and replicated in the other states like UP, Rajasthan, Maharastra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Madhy Pradesh, West Bengal etc. The mindset and perspective of the people needs to changed to eliminate children from labour work.

This day of Against Child Labour is helpful to brings together governments, civil society, international associations, NGOs and social workers to define the guidelines to help child labourers. Today there are hundreds of millions of children who are forcefully involved in work that deprives them of basic rights and adequate needs like education, health, freedom and childhood. More than half of these children have exposed to forces forms of child labour including drug smuggling, human trafficking, prostitution, and involvement in armed conflict.

Let’s pledge to everyone to provide a carefree and meaningful childhood to every child this  country. Child labour is crime against humanity, let’s pledge to stop this and allow children to enjoy their childhood.

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