Child labour

“They began work at 5:30 and quit at 7 at night. Children six years old going home to lie on a straw pallet until time to resume work the next morning! I have seen the hair torn out of their heads by the machinery, their scalps torn off, and yet not a single tear was shed, while the poodle dogs were loved and caressed and carried to the seashore.”
― Mother Jones
The normal age for a youngster to be capable to work is estimated to be 15 years. These kinds of work takes away a child’s opportunity of having proper education as well as physical and mental growth. Although illegal in many countries, it is far from being eradicated. Child labour occurs for a myriad of reasons. Since most businesses want to save on money, they employ children for low amounts of payment for the same amount of work allotted for a grown up. Since most youngsters are far fitter and physically agile than most of the elderly, businesses often employ them in order to save on money. These conditions can be improved by educating parents about the benefit of going to school and educating oneself. In addition to this, making the children themselves aware of the negative effects of child labour is crucial. The number of members in a family should be controlled, so that there are less mouths to feed, and the work done by parents is sufficient. Job opportunities should be increased so that parents can earn enough so that they do not have to make their offsprings work in order to earn extra cash. The Government should make more laws discouraging child labour. Harsh penalties may be imposed on people employing children for labour. In most developing nations, child labour is a major problem. The future of millions of children are ignored in the process of earning some spare cash.
“Before child labor laws, there were businesses that treated their ten-year-old employees well. Society didn’t ban child labor because it’s impossible to imagine children working in a good environment, but because when you give that much power to businesses over powerless individuals, it’s corrupting. When we walk around thinking we have a greater right to eat an animal than the animal has a right to live without suffering, it’s corrupting.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
India is the leading country in child labour in comparison to other Asian countries, with a 33 million children undergoing various forms of child labour. According to the 2011 Census information, 10.13 of these workers are between the ages of 5 – 14. World Day against Child Labour is an ILO (International Labour Organisation) endorsed holiday previously dispatched in 2002 with the goal to bring issues to light and promote activism in order to prevent child labour. According to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), around 150 million children are involved in child labour, when looked upon worldwide. 1 in every 11 kids works to earn a living, as per insights by ActionAid India. The five states which are the greatest contributers to child labour in India are – Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, according to information given out by Save the Children NGO. The national capital of India – Delhi, in itself, is liable for a portion of 1 million child labourers alone. A new investigation by CRY (Child Rights and You) of census data in the country shows that the diminishment in child labour per year is a mere 2.2 percent, throughout the last 10 years. Additionally, it has uncovered that child labour has grown by more than 50% in metropolitan regions.