The menace of child labour
The term child labour is often defined as as work that deprives children of their childhood their potential and their dignity and that is harmful to physical and mental development of children.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated in the 1990s that 11 million children were working in the country, half of which were under the age of 10 .
Pakistan ranks number three in the world with the highest prevalence of child and forced labour
Child labour in the United States began in the late 1700s and early 1800s when the industrial revolution started.
Many families had to find someone to work or they wouldn’t survive By 1900, 2 million children’s were working so that their families could survive.
Child labour is a serious social problem, not only in Pakistan but also in other developing countries. The law in Pakistan says that any child labour below age of 14 cannot be employed either in a factory or office or restaurant.
Child labour prevents children from enjoying a normal , healthy childhood and it can also prevent child from getting education.
And there are many policies by government on child labour like The Employment of children Act 1991 ,The Punjab compulsory Education Act 1994 , The Bonded labour system Abolition Act 1992 and so on these number of laws contain provision prohibiting child labour and regulating the working conditions of child and adolescent workers
There are many reasons due to which child works and don’t educate and the biggest reason is “poverty “.
Poverty is a key reason for the existence of child labour . when a family lives in poverty they may very often end up sending their children out to work at a young age .
Even if every one else in the family is working when wages are very low . additional child labour may be needed to support the whole family.
So it is important that government take measures to reduce poverty so they don’t need to send their children out for work.
And it is our duty that we must donate our money to charities that help children to escape the trap of child labour.
Now, we, the people too can help end child labour by encouraging businesses not to employ children as labourers.
Our government should take radical steps to reduce the child labour in Pakistan .
Child labour is not just an affront to the rights of a child but also a symbol of a society that has lost its way.
We should, therefore, all strive to ensure that the fundamental rights of children are protected and that they are accorded the opportunity to go after their dreams and aspirations. The future is much brighter when the younger generation has a good foundation for success.
The innocence of a child should never be taken away for the purpose of making the lives of adults easier. It is both unfair and morally unacceptable.