The dream that India will become a superpower nation by 2020 will remain only a dream, if Indian government and its citizens continuously accept small children at their house and work place. For any child, childhood is the most beautiful phase of one’s life where he learns new skills, play and does a lot of exciting things. A happy memorable childhood is right of every child, irrespective of the group or class he belongs to. Nobody has right to snatch his right, not even his own parents. Have you ever spare a minute to think about those children who are engaged in labor activities? Are they really getting their rights like your children? Are they the bright future of India? How difficult for them to work at such a small age?
Child labour is one of the worst activities going around the world. India score first rank for having highest number of child labour in the world and among them 86% of children are deprived of education. Child labour is those who are deprived of right to education and those who deny from the most beautiful phase of one's life i.e. childhood and they are made to work that may be harmful for their mental and physical growth. These less fortunate children not only have to do work, but also have to go through many worst problems like sexual exploitation, illicit activities and many such problems.
You might blame their parents for such worst condition of them or might blame government. And what about you, are you taking care that no child should work as a labourer in your society? In parents also, there are two categories - firstly, those who are really unaware of schools which are providing free education and are not aware about importance of education because they themselves never went to school. And the second important category is that they are aware of these school but don’t send them as their earning members of the family may reduce. And they consider as a tradition to make their children work from such small age. Most of the parents consider poverty as their destiny and instead of making their children educated they send them to work in mills, factories and many hazardous places.
No doubt Indian government has formulated many laws like “The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act.” In this, any person who employs any child below the age of 14 years will be sentenced for three months which can be extended to one year or with fine up to Rs.20,000 or both. Indian government has passed many laws like the factories act 1948, the bonded labour system abolition act, the mines act 1952, and lots more. One major drawback of our system is that these laws are just implemented on the paper, but due to corruption, selfishness and many reasons it is not implemented in real life.
As a responsible citizen of the country, instead of depending on these paper minded laws you should try to fight against child labour at least in your area by the following ways:
- Being a responsible person - don’t appoint any child as worker at your place.
- Make sure that even in your society, there should not be any child labour.
- Try to convince the parents to send their children to school and tell them benefits of educating a child.
- Try to educate the people around you who had employed the child labour, about its causes on the child health and laws for the same.
- Further, inform the police or any responsible person if any child labours trade is going around your place.
- Try to educate the people who send their children in such trade.
- Try to make understand the child labourer the importance of education in one’s life.
- The real efforts of the individual, employers, trade unions and government can make the big difference. Remember your small contribution in cause can make someone's life, his childhood more blissful and beautiful.
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