By: Aurea C,
Intern @ AMO Foundation, India
Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time. - Grace Abbot
To build up an incredible India, it is vital to ensure every child of our country should compulsorily have access to free quality education. It is today’s children who become tomorrow’s men, and will eventually take up the responsibility to lay down an unassailable foundation for the country’s progressive growth.
By dint of child labour those tiny hands that are supposed to mold the future of our country, is burned, bruised and calloused thereby debasing the nation’s dream of a better tomorrow. As per the census taken in the year 2011, India has 10.11 million child labourers which includes 5.6 million boys and 4.6 million girls.
Abuses Associated with Child Labour
In the course of world’s history, Women and children are often considered to be the most vulnerable population. Studies show that in India, crimes against children have escalated tremendously over the last decade. Child Labour has paved ways for a galore of heinous crimes to be predominant in every nook and cranny of our country.
A few cases that can be considered as examples for such unscrupulous crimes are:
❖ Eight minor girls forced into child labour– These girls were sold to a household by the human traffickers. Even though they were provided with food and accommodation, no payment was received.(Read more)
❖ Nine child labourers rescued from bangle making unit– These kids hail from economically backward families. Despite being minors they were forced to work in hazardous conditions for a measly amount of rs 3000 per month. (Read more)
❖ Five-year-old made to work as help– Here an innocent 5 year old was sold by her own father to work as domestic help. (Read more)
All these cases indicate the whole load of evil that breathes within our society, leaving us pondering whether there is any humanity left in this world.
Child Labour leads to Amplifying Abductions
Among all the labourers the most cheaply affordable ones are Children, specifically those poor defenseless girls. The insistent clamoring for inexpensive labourers, act as an aggravating element in kidnapping and child trafficking.
The abduction is mostly carried out by the middlemen, who in turn are heavily funded and protected by affluent syndicates that promote human trafficking. Often these abducted children will be bulldozed into prostitution, slavery or otherwise subjected to sexual abuse while involved in other works. Apart from the physical torture, the mental agony and trauma these kids have to endure is beyond one’s wildest dreams.
In other cases, there are children who are turned into drug peddlers, assassins, and so on. Let us see 2 examples on what had happened to some of those abducted children:
❖ One out of the three rescued child labourer in Kota, was abducted from child care home- In this case a girl from a child care home was abducted and was forced into child labour. She was later rescued with 2 others. ( Read more )
❖ Abducted Delhi minor sold into prostitution– A 16 year old girl who was a Delhi resident was hauled into prostitution. During the time of rescue, she was in a very pathetic condition with her private part bleeding very badly. ( Read more )
The Role Of NGOs and Society in putting an end to the Child Labour
NGOs such as AMO are striving towards the ultimate goal of eradicating child labour from the face of the earth. For accomplishing this noble cause, contribution from each individual of our society is pivotal.
NGOs plays a major role in educating the people about the acts and rules related to child labour. Rather than being the silent spectators, let’s do our part of making this world a better place to live in.