Child labour force: Our shameless act

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By Faz zia

Friends; 

WE live in a world where more than 306 million children are employed among those children apporx or more than 215 million children are proclaimed as child labour in which 115m children are compelled to work in hazardous work condition.  Children in Pakistan are engaged in child labour, including in agriculture and in the worst forms of child labour in bonded labour. The majority of child labour in Pakistan occurs in agriculture. The constitution of Pakistan respects the children rights and provides for depending children. According to constitution, no child under the age of fourteen should be employed in any factory or mile or any other hazardous employment. Pakistan Human Rights Commission reports, social attitudes, large family size and low literacy rate as factors of child labour in Pakistan. 

I was reading an article that how child labour treated in work places and domestic work and it was really disturbing to see that a 15 year old house servant being tortured and strangled to death in Karachi and another case where 10 years old child worker who had 20 torture marks on her body  with her hand burnt on a stove.  How can they do this to a child first they ask them to work and then torture like they are not human, it is disgusting how people behave there.  Is too common in Pakistan cities domestic labour falls under the category of informal work  there are no clear laws to guarantee their rights  and no regulations to check whether the rights they entitled forget  the minimum wage concept it does not exist in Pakistan, but just because they belong to “invisible” workforce does not mean Govt turn a blind eye to their mistreatment. 

Article 11 of the Constitution states that “no child below the age of 14 years shall be engaged in any factory or mine or any other hazardous employment”. Article 25-A makes it compulsory for governments to provide free education to all children between the ages of five and 16. Last year, Sindh also passed the Prohibition of Employment of Children Act, which establishes 15 as the minimum age for employment and 19 for employment in hazardous professions. But because none of these laws specifically cover domestic work, which is not considered a ‘hazardous’ occupation, cases of injustice (when reported) come under criminal law. While it’s true that the problem of child labour is connected to desperate poverty, this is not a reason to not pass laws that will ensure the protection of young workers and punish those who subject them to violence and abuse. (Published in Dawn, November 3rd, 2018 just for reference)

Friends;

This is not right that for our comfort of life we hire children on low wages and treat them worst then animals I know because of poverty parents are push to give their children for work but who is responsible for that?  can you think there is so much money floating around in few families but they dont think of others , where are the Govt officials to help those needy people?? Is a shame that in 21century we are living in society where children are slaves rather than students? 

I would like to share one more heart breaking story a father sold his 4 years old son as a slave his name was Iqbal Masih born i a poor family in Pakistan and when his mother became seriously ill his father sold Iqbal to afford her sugery so the buyer of that child give the money and took him to work in a factory he was working there in a slave like condition until his father pay off the debt, Iqbal was tightly chained to a loom and suffered physical abuse and starvation he was working 12 hours a day 7 days a week but after all that work the loan just got bigger and bigger with interest but after 6 months of captivity and torture Iqbal managed to escape  and he was picked up by some labour liberation it was a school for former child slaves he soon completed a four year education in just two years at the age of 12 he became a prominent leader of the anti-slave movement. 

he started travelling the world speaking on behalf of child slaves and became a voice for suffering children all over the world anf through his hard work he helped free 3,000 Pakistani children from slavery he became a symbol for the fight against child labour all over the world he dreamt that one day he could become a lawyer and help even more children but his mission was in completed after returning from a trip to the US he was ambushed on a dusty road in Pakistan a man pulled a gun and shot him a 12 year old such a determine and brave child lost his life , some say he was shot by a farmer but other claims he was murdered because of his growing influence in stopping child slavery he died doing what he believed in to defend the right all children have the right to not be slaves.  

This is not a story this is a mirror of shame to all the society where you live and parents are selling their children to get medicine or food . SHAME