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June 12th - World Day Against Child Labour

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by manchitra, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. manchitra

    manchitra Senior IL'ite

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    Finest Blog of June 2009 - Winner!

    I have been wanting to make a post on this subject and today I think the time has come to let every one know about my thoughts on this topic which will make you also, sit back and think about this social issue, crime against the innocents.

    Every year when we celebrate a specific day there would be so much activity every where. The electronic media and print media will be agog with reports on this issue, many meetings and seminars would be held and various schemes would be announced and at the end of the day it will be curtains till next year. It would be more useful if various schemes that are announced are undertaken and implemented to ensure it reaches the right beneficiaries.

    A report released by International Labor office, mentions the global melt down may push more children into child labor (The Hindu DT June 11th), especially girls. It is estimated that more than 100 million girl children are already slogging out there in worst circumstances.

    Many organizations taking decisions not to employ children, is a baby’s step in the right direction. It will help to tackle this problem to a certain extent as we see young children working in small hotels, petrol bunks and various institutions. You might have come across many places exhibiting placards “We don’t have child labourers” and right under the board you would see 2-3 children working with tired, cheer less faces.

    Many a time I have come across these children working but never had the guts to speak against, lest I would invite something unpleasant. This is our problem. We are afraid to raise our voices (there may be somebody who does it. I salute them but I know the percentage would be minuscule). There is a penalty for employing little kids which is so small that when the employer takes a decision to engage these children he already makes a provision for paying this penalty, because the returns are pretty attractive.

    When abject poverty forces these children to work, it is brisk business for child traffickers. They make things worse for the kids and their families, making these children work in difficult inhuman conditions .The children are abused physically and mentally and some times they go with out food, which loots the beautiful phase of child hood from them.

    Once when I spoke to a child of 10 as to why he is working when he should be studying; he bowled me with a googly, something which I could not find an answer till now. It went like this. “Amma if I work I can fill my stomach thrice a day. I am happy with the little money I get and can send that to my parents also”. I had met him in an institution. He is intelligent enough to know that he will die of hunger if stays at home. I only hope that if at all while employing these children, they will take it upon them to educate these kids at least in the evenings, so that, they may get a chance to get out of this and lead better lives in future. Sometimes I feel, he is safe there than falling into the hands of negative forces.

    I know of a Principal of an engineering college who helped his office boy, son of a street vendor to complete his engineering. The boy used the opportunity well and today he is a soft ware engineer in a reputed company. Like this many are doing good service.

    The recent announcement by our cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar that he was going to sponsor the education of 200 students is indeed laudable. I hope more people like him would come forward to help in whatever way they can to help these under privileged children.

    The government launches so many amnesty schemes time and again to convert unaccounted wealth into accounted and uses a percentage of such revenue collection for a social cause prevailing at that time. We have been hearing in the media about tons of money being stashed in Swiss and other foreign banks belonging to Indian origin. May be some Finance Minister will bring out one such scheme to ensure that in future that all children of India will have an opportunity for getting good health, clean water, education, shelter and adequate food so that they will take India to the pinnacles of glory and peace across the whole world.

    On the eve of this World Day against Child Labor I dedicate this post to all those poor, innocent little children who are robbed of their childhood.

    Manchitra
     
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  2. ashwinishenoy81

    ashwinishenoy81 New IL'ite

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    Your post struck a chord in me. Poor helpless children trying to fend for themselves as well as their parents - just thinking of it makes me despair. In fact most poor families hate this law and often lie about their children's ages so that they can get work! Alcoholism, unemployment, child labour are all in hamds with each other. If a solution tackling all these issues could be developed, there is hope for the little kids. Your story about the intelligent boy reminded me of Born into Brothels : a documentary on lives of children of prostitutes. The children are very smart and they have solutions to their problems too. But there are no listeners. We can talk ourselves hoarse but an end to this problems comes with some serious Plan of Actions and executing them Thanks for an educative post!
     
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    manchitra Senior IL'ite

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    thanks for the comment Ashwini.
    For poor families more children means more hands to work & more income; so like you said they are also responsible to a great extent in bringing their own children to a sorry state of affairs.
     
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    Congrats, Manchitra for winning the finest blog of 2009 ! :thumbsup
    I am so happy, I have nominated you first !
    Love,
    "HAPPY"
     
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    manchitra Senior IL'ite

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    I have no words to express my happiness.Thanks a ton for nominating me.:)
    I was really worried as the response to post relating to social issues are very low but see I was wrong. Thanks once again.:cheers
     
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    Deaf woman Senior IL'ite

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    Dear Manchitra,
    There is an other side too to this issue.Once a boy came for employment in our organisation and my DH offered to finance his education ,pat came the reply from his parent that the kid is a school dropout and his mom trying to wean him away from undesirables by making him work.I agree most children are employed under pressure by their parents.congrats for winning the finest blog of june.
    vijji
     
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    manchitra Senior IL'ite

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    Definitely i agree with you. It all depends on what they really want. See Ashwini's comment above. It is very difficult to convince some.But those who are interested, it would really bring about a change in their life. Thanks and congrats Viji ,that is how i would love to call you.
     
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    manjulapathy Senior IL'ite

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    Hi manchitra!
    Congrats for winning finest blog - june 2009. I fully endorse what Vijji says. It is a very touchy subject and when really want to help somebody they have lots of reasons to decline our offer. But ofcourse exception is always there. The only solution is awareness according to me!
    manjula
     
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    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    Manchitra,

    Congrats on winning the finest blog. I have been planning to write here but somehow get distracted.

    there are always two sides to the coin.

    i am against child labour.

    I have been supporting/helping in the education of children in a local orphanage. every year i pay for the notebooks/pens and uniform. I help the vendors, who come home to check out the scholarships and things that could ease the burden.

    on the other side, i know of parents of a 90% topper of a muncipality school, pushing the child into vending like them, as they don't want the child to study.

    I know a lot of small kids who work in the nearby provision stores and vegetable stores..they say that they are learning the tricks of the trade. they do not consider that this is child labour. they tell me that they will open a shop of their own with the savings..

    My maid's sister has passed 10th recently, I am behind her saying that since the government gives you a allowance why not send her to 12th. the sister says she gets around 90rs per day in a export company. so she is happy with it..who needs to study..

    Sorry taking too much of the space..
     
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    manchitra Senior IL'ite

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    Dear manjula and shanvy
    thank you both for visitng and leaving your valuable comments.
    I want to remind you of saying when the going gets tough the tough gets going.Change is always difficult and one should continue to do every little bit against htis malady and I am confident the awareness we create one day will have its desired effectand who knows,the day could be very near!!!
     

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