World Child Labour Day

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - NAUSHABA ABID

World Child Labour Day aims at rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness against the in­hu­man child labour and high­light the plight of chi­dren. Ev­ery year 12th June is ob­served as Child Labour Day, with a theme and the theme set for the year 2016 is, ‘End child labour in sup­ply chains - It’s ev­ery­one’s busi­ness’.

Leave the world aside, and in­stead of go­ing far, let’s take an ex­am­ple of Pak­istan where child labour is very com­mon. Be­side the labour laws and Con­sti­tu­tion, which pro­hibits child labour in our daily life, we see a num­ber of chil­dren be­ing com­pelled to beg, a num­ber of chil­dren sell­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles and a lot of them are do­ing other works to sur­vive.

The ground re­al­i­ties are harsh whereas it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the state to im­ple­ment laws and pro­vide ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion free to its chil­dren. The ef­forts are needed from the au­thor­i­ties, as mere slo­gans and high claims to erad­i­cate the plight of chil­dren are use­less. —Via email

AQIL BABA

Child labour is one of the global is­sues. Child Labour Day is ob­served ev­ery year on June 12 around the world in or­der to show sym­pa­thy with the chil­dren across the world. Un­for­tu­nately, the chil­dren in Pak­istan have been de­prived of their ba­sic rights. Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional child labour sur­vey, ap­prox­i­mately 3.3 mil­lion chil­dren be­low 14 years of age are work­ing as labour­ers in Pak­istan.

This in­cludes both boys and girls; boys form 73 pc and the girls 27 pc of the child labour. As a re­sult, the ma­jor­ity of chil­dren are found work­ing just for Rs 50 to Rs100, which seems a mat­ter of grave con­cern. It is high time the gov­ern­ment takes spe­cial mea­sures in or­der to con­trol child labour in the coun­try. —Kech, Balochis­tan

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