Child labour and employment of children in any work deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous. Considerable differences exist between the many kinds of work children do. Some are difficult and demanding, others are more hazardous and even morally reprehensible.
Child labour or child slavery is a problem that especially affects underprivileged children. We closely work with authorities to stop child labour.
Childhood is the great and happiest period of our lives during which one learns about the basic strategy of the life from parents, loved ones and nature.
In 2000 the ILO estimated 5.5 million children had been forced in labour in Asia, while the Bonded Labour Liberation Front placed 10 million bonded children in India alone. In 1998 the government of India labelled bonded child labour as a marginal problem with only 3000 or so cases. A survey in Tamil Nadu in 1995 found 125,000 bonded child labourers in the state alone. Child bonded labour in India is mostly in the agricultural sector but has in recent times been moving into other sectors as well such as beedi-rolling, brick kilns, carpet weaving, commercial sexual exploitation, construction, fireworks and matches factories, hotels, hybrid cottonseed production, leather, mines, quarries, silk, synthetic gems, etc. This illegal activity of the child labour is increasing day by day, so I request the government to completely prohibit the act of child labour and take action.
Abu Yameen Qasmi
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