Child Labor – The Stolen Innocence !!!
























The phrase ‘Today’s children are Tomorrow’s citizens’ has lost its meaning long back given the prevalence of all the issues a child is facing in this modern society.

Children are still forced to work on domestic helps, factory laborers or home-based work though The Child Labor Act bans employment of children in hazardous work in the age group of 6 – 14 years.  It is a fact that millions of children are denied their constitutional rights, whether it is the right to (free and compulsory) education, prohibition from forced labour or employment of child labour in hazardous occupation (Article 24). There are millions of employers out there who are still violating the rules on Child Labor.

Cartoon depicting the children have no way out from their bosses ...
Cartoon depicting the children have no way out from their bosses …

In cities across India, children work in terrible conditions for a pittance, are subject to violence and abuse or captured by organised crime rackets who make them beg for money on the streets.. Few children were used in prostitution and they may be exploited 10 to 40 times a night, sometimes keeping as little as 20 rupees per encounter. The Madam takes the biggest cut for herself, then pays the landlord, the pimps, and her “protectors.” Government corruption is one of the driving factors behind the burgeoning trade in human beings.

Human trafficking is the third largest profitable industry in the world. Child trafficking unlike many other issues is found in both developed and developing nations. Trafficked children are used for prostitution, forced into marriage, illegally adopted, used as cheap or unpaid labour, used for sport and organ harvesting.

India is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking for many purposes such as commercial sexual exploitation. Majority of the trafficking is within the country but there are also a large number trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh.  There are no national or regional estimates for the number of children trafficked every year. But 40% of prostitutes are children, and there is a growing demand for young girls in the industry (How rubbish this is!)

I read it in an article Jyoti, age fourteen, was sold and married to a 40-year old man for Rs 15,000 in order to produce a male heir.. Smita a sixteen year old girl was taken from her village in Jharkhand and subjected to various forms of sexual abuse and exploitation at the hand of her employers including rape… When rescued her parents refused to take her back since she had been tainted by rape… (how cruel the parents were in these cases)

What are we going to do to stop this …? Though we have many organizations and NGOs working against the Child Labor, still the situation has not changed. There are still people like Jyoti and Smita who suffers and who was not rescued… Who would eliminate this disparity & predicament  …????

 Creating a sense of community, creating a sense of voice …


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