Ensure elimination of child labour: magistrate
Judicial magistrate Upasana Sharma said June 12 had been marked as World Day Against Child Labour to focus attention on child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.Updated: Jun 12, 2013 21:02 IST
Judicial magistrate Upasana Sharma said June 12 had been marked as World Day Against Child Labour to focus attention on child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
The day brings together governments, employers, workers organisations, civil societies and volunteer organisations to highlight the plight of child labourers.
She said a large number of children were engaged in domestic or construction work by the employer and these children were vulnerable to exploitation because their work was often hidden from the public eye and incidents of abuse of children during unorganised works were too common.
She said, “Although legislative and policy reforms to ensure the elimination of child labour already exists, implementation of these laws needs public support at large to build the worldwide movement against child labour.”
A camp was organised by the district legal literacy authorities at an under-construction site of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) medical college and hospital at Ner Chowk area.
Para-legal volunteer and lawyer Sameer Kashyap said the theme of the World Day Against Child Labour had been decided as “Bal shram ko naa-shiksha ko han” (say no to child labour and yes to child education).
Kashyap said according to the recent survey of international labour organisation, nearly 21.8 crore children were involved in child labour process and according to the census of 2001, as many as 27 lakh children under 14 years were involved in domestic or construction work in India.
“All of us should join hands and help end the agony,” he added.
First Published: Jun 12, 2013 21:00 IST