Child Labour ! A serious Problem.

India
January 28, 2009 6:27am CST
Fewdays back i was on a tour. At that time i saw a working site of bridge construction. On which many labours were working. But one thing was a unique one and that is some of them were Children. Now in my country child labour is crime. If any contractor found apointing child labour he is guilty in the eyaes of law and get punnished. But can you give your views how this can be stoped?
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5 responses
@rymebristol (1788)
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
Poverty is widely considered the top reason why child work at inappropriate jobs for their ages. But there are other reasons as well - not necessarily in this order: family expectations and traditions, abuse of the child, lack of good schools and day care, lack of services such as health care, public opinion that downplays the risk of early work for children, uncaring attitudes of employers, limited choices for women. The parents of child labourers are often unemployed or underemployed, desperate for secure employment and income. Yet it is their children - more powerless and paid less - who are offered the jobs. In other words, children are employed because they are easier to exploit.
• India
29 Jan 09
Thanks for your reply. Hope this all will change soon. As govt is running varions program on school level and at various levels of society.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
28 Jan 09
I have never been to India but some of my friends have. They reported seing a lot of child labour. Now I know it is forbidden in India and yet as you saw yourself it still exists. How can it be stopped? People who hire children should be fined and put in jail. People who see child labour should report it to the authorities. We also have laws against child labour in my country and I know contractors would never hire children to work on construction. The fines would be so severe and put the contractor out of business. There are however shopkeepers who employ their own children to help out in the shop. As long as the children don't miss school and are well and healthy the authorities usually don't get involved but they do if someone reports child abuse.
• India
28 Jan 09
Main reasosn for this in India is Poverty and Illiteracy. But Now Government is working on this.Let us see what result we get. Thanks for your reply.
• Canada
28 Jan 09
Yes, I think you are right, poverty and illiteracy are the main culprits here but also old customs. It has been shown that when education is provided, especially to women, they have fewer children, they are able to aquire skills that enable them to do some work that pays then they will not allow their children out to work, beg or steal. Then those children will stay in school and also get a basic education to enable them to make a living. The other issue is for families to refuse to employ little girls as sweepers or kitchen maids. The last importan item is to support the Government in their quest to end child labour and report cases of abuse. It will take time but if people are serious it will come about.
• India
28 Jan 09
hi amit, i think this is something which spoil the childhood. and growth of the country. because if the childrens are working than they didn't go to school. that's a problem.i think we have to do something to stop this.
• India
28 Jan 09
Yes it's true tere are lot of social organisations which are working for this. And due to this people are also getting known about this problem and coming forward to help children. Many laws are beig made for this and hope it eill work. Thanks for relpy.
28 Jan 09
I do agree that child labour is a serious problem...but do you think it can be stopped completely. I don't think so..The root cause of child labour is poverty.If any parent is not able to fed their children , then the child has to work in order to feed themselves or take some burden off their parent's head. It is still better than begging and stealing. Having said that..it is still sad to see the small child working hard and losing his/her childhood under the burden of poverty. Most important thing is imparting education to such children. They should be encouraged or (forced ,if required) to complete at least Primary education so that they can get a decent job in future and erase the word "poverty" from their life.
• India
28 Jan 09
Nothing canbe changed within a night.We are trying our best. Our Govt. is taking trouble to stop this. Many other organisations are there who are working for children. Some school programs have been started by Govt. which look effectice.Let us hope for well.
@armystag (94)
28 Jan 09
Hi Amit, I think the biggest example of child labour is you Amit please dont work as it will give rise to child labour and please help others to overcome child labour.