Child Labor-“Spreading Disease”
Posted June 5, 2009on:
It always said that children are next to God and Children are poor men’s riches. But those proverbs are mostly only saying….is’t?
These innocent little ones are being used for many illegal acts and one of them is child labour. The most innocent phase in human life is the childhood. It is that stage of life when the human foundations are laid for a successful adult life. It is the phase when we are carefree, fun-loving, learning, playing…etc. Going back into our childhood days and for most of us, there are many beautiful memories. And how wonderful to have grown up with such carefree abandonment while we had parents, grandparents and others looking after us. But,this is not the same story with many of them.
Yes, there are far more children scarred and tormented. They hate they childhood. They would do anything to get out of the dungeons of being children and controlled and tortured by others. They want to break-free from this world. Some manage to get out and get a better life, but many continue to be where they are, not out of choice, but force. This is the true story of child labour.
There are industries and individuals, who employee young innocent children. They put them to work under grueling circumstances. They make them work for long hours weaving delicate threads to make the world’s most expensive carpets. They make them work in dangerous factory units manufacturing fireworks. They make children carry load even heavier than their own body weight. . Such is the story of millions of children in India. It is painful and yet true. The future of this nation is the children. And instead of nourishing them and nurturing them with a healthy childhood, they are letting be tortured in dungeon-like work places. And a large number of employed children do not even live to see their teenage years.
It is difficult to know exactly how many children throughout the world are employed in some form of economic activity. The latest estimates (2004) by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) put the number of working children between the ages of 5 to 17 years-old at 218 million. Among them, 126 million children – one in every twelve children in the world – are still subjected to the worst forms of child labour which endangers the child’s physical, mental or moral well-being India accounts for the second highest number where child labour in the world is concerned. Africa accounts for the highest number of children employed and exploited. The fact is that across the length and breadth of the nation, children are in a pathetic condition. While experts blame the system, poverty, illiteracy, adult unemployment; yet the fact is that the entire nation is responsible for every crime against a child. Instead of nipping the problem at the bud, child labour in India was allowed to increase with each passing year. And today, young ones below the age of 14 have become an important part of various industries; at the cost of their innocence, childhood, health and for that matter their lives.
A dramatic rise has been recorded since the beginning of 2005 in the number of minors who were recruited to carry out terror attacks, including suicide bombing missions. This assertion appears in a report that was published by the Intelligence and Terror Information Center.
How can we stop this?
Around the world, people are joining a growing community of conscience to act. A genuine worldwide movement against child labor has emerged. Child laborers themselves are making their voices heard, for example, through grassroots movements such as the Global March against Child Labor. Young students are mobilizing in solidarity. Eradicating child labor truly is a moral cause and a societal challenge. If we summon the will to do it, we can bring hope to children all over the world and affirm the inalienable right of every child to have a childhood. ….