Children Are Meant To Learn Not To Earn

(Warisha Siddiqui, )

Children Are Meant To Learn Not To Earn
Childhood is the best part of life. It is full of innocence and joy. It is the part of life when we are free from all the responsibilities. In some scenario this is not the case, there are many children’s who are burdened by the responsibilities of their family.

Child labor is violation of human rights and it is considered to be a ‘necessary evil ‘in any country in the whole world. It hampers their normal and natural physical, mental, spiritual, and intellectual, emotional, moral and social development.

As many parts of the Pakistan came to stand gather, with their loud voice damaging property and blocking traffic, the news of a 15 years old domestic servant being allegedly tortured and strangled to death in an affluent Karachi residence barely created a ripple. Muhammad Imran’s murder follows similar cases including that of a 10 years old domestic help who had 20 torture marks on her body, with her hand burnt on a stove. We live in a classist society.

The Islamic ideology about a child is;
“Respect your elder and love your younger”
(Saying of Muhammad P.B.U.H)
Countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil and Nigeria have the child labor issue. Whereas more than 12.5 million children are involved in child labor in Pakistan. Unfortunately Pakistan is ranked on third position because of increase in child labor with the passage of time. According to an estimate of child rights Movement (CRM).

The cause that increase child labor in Pakistan is that, an average people of Pakistan has to feed nine or ten family member with his minimal wage. Another big cause of child labor is high rate of inflation, thebiggest cause is the poverty prevailing in the country, and parents urge their children to work in order to reach the target of home salary.

Today throughout the world 152 million children are forced to work, many are working full time. These children don’t have a healthy life style, they don’t go to school and have absolutely no time to play like all kinds do, but for these children they can’t even try and dream, they have focus on surviving through their struggle.

According to employment of children Act 1991 a ‘child’ is categorized as a person below 14 years of age and an “adolescent” is below 18 years of age. Article 25(A): Makes it compulsory for governments to provide free education to all children between the ages of 5 and 16. Article 37(E): The state shall make provision for securing just and human conditions of work, ensuring that women and children are not employed in vacations unsuited to their age or gender, and for maternity benefit for women in employment.

“One Child, One Teacher, One Book, And One Pen Can CHANGE THE WORLD”.

Child labor should be restricted and if possible completely vanished. It is national problem, which requires close analysis and suitable solutions to meet this burning questions. Enforce of existing law against child labor and increase awareness in public.

If we all come together we can stop child labor… It all start with one person.

“One Person Can Change The World”!!
To conclude, Right now is the time his bones are formed, his blood is being made and his senses are being developed. To him we can’t answer “Tomorrow” His name is “Today”.

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