Child labour

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SYEDA FA­TIMA ANJUM

Child labour is very com­mon in our so­ci­ety. We daily see many kids go­ing to their schools in the morn­ing in uni­forms. They look very in­no­cent. On the other side there are some kids who kill their dreams and do labour work in their child­hood due to the poor fi­nan­cial con­di­tion of their fam­i­lies. They over­look all their as­pi­ra­tions and work hard un­der ma­te­ri­al­is­tic and psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sures. Child labour is tak­ing place in many ar­eas like in­dus­tries, road side shops, auto work­shops, tea stalls and do­mes­tic homes. The age of child labour is usu­ally be­tween 5-10 years. It’s an abuse to our chil­dren.

This so­cial evil should be erad­i­cated from every so­ci­ety. Gov­ern­ments should try to in­vest more and more money in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. Most of the par­ents do not send their chil­dren to schools and put them on child labour just be­cause they can’t af­ford the school fees. Free ed­u­ca­tion should be given till se­condary level so that every kid can get his early ed­u­ca­tion and does not in­dulge him­self in child labour. Peo­ple should not hire kids in their homes as ser­vants be­cause it’s the ex­ploita­tion of their in­no­cence and child­hood. This so­cial prob­lem should be strictly pro­hib­ited. The laws of child labour should be im­ple­mented on strict ba­sis.

Our youth is the fu­ture of our na­tion. If their child­hood is ru­ined in this way then I am afraid, the fu­ture of Pak­istan is ex­tremely in dan­ger. Cot­tage in­dus­try can play an ef­fec­tive role in the ex­ter­mi­na­tion of child labour. Gov­ern­ment should pro­mote cot­tage in­dus­try in all cities. Chil­dren would be able to earn money and con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion while stay­ing safe from the haz­ards of so­ci­ety. —Via email

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