Wild labour, mild back
Child labour is a menace hurting entire humanity.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour. Specifically, target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the global community to: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.
The 2022 World Day Against Child Labour took place shortly after the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour . Ensuring universal access to social protection is an integral part of the “Durban Call to Action” , adopted during the Conference, and essential to help construct a path towards a world free of child labour, as called for under SDG Target 8.7, and towards universal social protection, as reflected in SDG Target 1.3.
Child labour is a serious issue in entire country as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. According to different reports on ‘child labour in J&K: social, economic and ethical dimension’ there are more than one lakh child labourers in the state, majority of whom work in the handicrafts sector, automobile workshops, brick kilns, agriculture and as domestic servants in homes.
It is know fact
Child labour deprives children of their right to go to school and reinforces intergenerational cycles of poverty. According to data from Census 2011, the number of child labourers in India is 10.1 million of which 5.6 million are boys and 4.5 million are girls.
Even in our region the child labour is seen from streets to homes , with innocence of children getting ruined due to the evil of Child Labour . We as a society need to raise all awareness to kill the root causes of child labour and ensures each child reaches school .
One hopes that all the required steps needed to eliminate child labour from world would be taken.