The curse of child labour
I was deeply moved by Anthea Ayache’s article on child slavery in India (‘Saving the child slaves’, September 6). But there is hope with people like Kailash Satyarthi trying to fight against the practice.
The curse of child labour is a flourishing business across the subcontinent. Laws against it are flouted with contemptuous disregard. There are times when I feel certain trades, such as carpet weaving, the manufacture of sports goods and surgical instruments, embroidery work in clothing stores, household jobs – especially for girls – and organised beggary, are earmarked for child labour.
Often we see young women with an infant in their lap, his head dangling – obviously drugged – standing at road intersections in cities, begging. It’s a terrible sight and many benevolent people give some money. It is said that these infants are rented out for this purpose.
SHEHLA TANVEER, DUBAI