As per UNESCO, India has the highest number of child labourers in the entire world. Census 2011 puts the number of child labourers in India at 10.13 million in the age group of 5-14 years whereas in there are 22.87 million children in the age group of 15-18 years. Constitution of India clearly bars child labour in hazardous conditions under Article 24. However all the intricacies on child labour are dealt by the Child Labour (Prohibition and Abolition) Act-1986. Additionally various statutes and the Indian Penal Code, such as the Juvenile Justice (care and protection) of Children Act-2015, provide a basis in law to identify, prosecute and stop child labour in India. Despite having strong legal framework millions of children are still exploited and violated.
Today we bring to you 5 steps on how to stop child labour. It is duty of every Indian citizen to pledge against this heinous crime and take measures to stop child labour. Perhaps, you can join our platform and make your opinion count and help save millions of children.
1. Abstain from employing a child as domestic help
Abstain from employing a child. This is biggest step one can take to curb child labour. In India people tend to employ children as domestic help or for petty works in shops and garages e.g. helper, cleaner etc. As per United Nations development report 40% of domestic help in Mumbai are under-15 girls. A major chunk of child labour works as domestic help. Most of us have a flawed notion of morality and tend to justify employment of children as domestic help by reasoning that we are providing them better life as against what they would have been living at their home. However, it cannot be justified by any argument and in any case.
2. Report to Police when you see child labour
Report to the police whenever you witness child labour. In addition to it you can also report to media and various NGOs like Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Cry , Save the Children which are working for child rights. This will ensure the child being exploited get’s timely help and is rescued.
3. Counsel the poor who send their children to work
Counsel the poor who have to employ children to ensure two square meal for the entire family. In our neighborhood or locality we do come across poor people like our maid, milkman, newspaper vendor, plumber, gardener etc who have got their children working instead of being in school. Try to convince them that their vicious cycle of poverty will be broken only when their children are educated and gain a meaningful employment after growing up. Counsel the children as well who are engaged in labour.
4. Encourage children to take up education instead of work
Encourage children to take up education instead of work. A child’s mind is highly impressionable. Leave good impressions on it. Encourage him to dream for a better world. Inspire him to study and grab hold of a better life full of dignity and respect that awaits him.
5. Donate to organisations fighting against child labour
Donate to prominent and credible NGOs like CRY , World Vision , Save the Children , Bachpan Bachao Andolan and many others to ensure that every single child gets timely help, every single child witnesses the dawn of hope and dusk of exploitation. These organisations also ensure these children take up education instead of work. Additionally, you can also donate and sponsor a child’s education. This will ensure that poor children don’t face financial crunch and complete basic minimum education.
India continues to suffer from massive poverty and this poverty in turn gives rise to child labour because poor tend to increase the number of hands which can feed them. However, we cannot sacrifice the entire generation of children to poverty while we wait for it to end. It’s time we take oath and devote some time towards such social issues. It’s time we secure the rights of these children who are the future of India.These issues need to be solved first so that India prospers and develops.This is why we built Swipe, where your opinion, voice and vote matter. Download our free app and make a difference – share your opinion, vote, and ask questions.