Title: Child Labour
Wordsworth has said: “The child is father or the man.” Children are our future. Now when they are so important, we must realize what are doing for them. Have we succeeded in providing them the basic necessities of life such as education and health care? Although the government NGOs and other organizations are busy in solving the problem of child labour yet nothing seems to have come out of their work. Poverty is the main case of this failure. The poor parents are forced to push their children into practical life at an early age. Such children face a life of hardship and deprivation.
Children can be seen working everywhere. They work in small hotels, tea-stalls, as domestic servants, sweeping floors in small industrial workshops, office boys and staff assistants. They are seen cleaning cars parked on roads, polishing shoes, selling goods and many other such odd jobs. There are about two million Families in Pakistan living in bondage in various sectors. Of these nearly eight million are children. The main sectors in which the children are made to work are the agriculture sector, the brick kiln industry, carpet weaving and domestic service. These children earn money for their families. They are deprived of the joy of childhood. They cannot go to school to get education. Because of continuous overwork they fall a victim to various diseases. Most of them suffer from malnutrition.
The government and non-government organizations (NGO’s) should take some steps to tackle with this problem of child labour. The government should enact a comprehensive law for the elimination of child labour from its very roots It should create a welfare fund exclusively for the development and welfare of children. It should declare that child labour below fifteen years of age is a criminal offence. Non-government organizations must support people’s struggle for justice and emancipation. They should supplement government’s efforts for the welfare of children. They should work to influence and encourage rich people to donate funds for building hospitals clinics, and purchase of medicines for children. Child Labour is a curse. We must work to get rid of it at all costs.