“Don’t ask children to take tool instead send them to school”
India is sadly the home to the largest numbers of child labourers in the world. Child labour in India, somehow, has become a social norm that we accept and tolerate in our society. This exploitative and abusive practice will continue until our society adopts a zero tolerance attitude towards it. Children continue to be exploited and abused because the State and people do not address children’s issue comprehensively and effectively. Poverty and lack of social security are the main causes of child labour. In fact, birth control remains taboo among many Indian cultures. Sadly, some families believe, more children means higher income. A Human Rights Watch report claims, children work to pay family debts.
We have more than 200 million children worldwide who are still working as child labourers and a staggering 1115 million at least, are subject to its worst forms. As per the National Census 2011, there are close to 10.1 million child labourers in India, in the age group of 5 to 14 years. About 1.4 million child labourers in India in the age group of 7-14 years can’t even write their names. This means one in three child labourers in the said age group are illiterate.
Five Indian states are the biggest employers of child labour. States like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. These states account for some 20 percent of India’s child labourers. Child labour is not only a social but also an economical problem. Watching a young child work for 14 hours a day is what is termed as a “Child-Labour”.
Carpet Industries in India say they requires the fine little fingers to weave the finest and the tiniest of knot to create the most expensive of carpets.
Fire Industries probably refers kids to men because they are more cost effective and more efficient. Even for household labour children are referred as they last longer and are more honest than the adults claimed by most of the homemakers.
We don’t realize but the lives of these little ones are destroyed when a Child Labour Is Employed. These children are forced to work mainly to help their families because the adults do not have appropriate employment and adequate income. They work because there is always demand for cheap labour in the market. When these kids are forced to work long hours their ability to get adequate nourishment and to attend school is limited, preventing them from gaining education.
Remember a child is meant to “Learn” not to “Earn”
Child labour in India is rising.
You and Me Together Can STOP Child Labour!!!!
For No child should be working. Every child has the right to a good education, the right to play and the right to enjoy his/her childhood. Child labour means that poverty continues to exist. Eradicating child labour means development and better opportunities for everyone.