Persistence of Child Labour in India

?Child labour? has been a common debate since the onset of industrial revolution. Children ranging from 5 to 14 years are seen to work in quarries, mines, manufacturing companies, fisheries, hotels, agricultural fields, and lot more.? The pity statement is that girl kids are more preferred for domestic work such as to babysitting kids of employed parents and to perform household activities. The reasons for humiliation of children are numerous and they are unstoppable. A child?s own family serve as the major culprits to encourage the horror caused to their kids.

Surprisingly, India seems to be home for providing labour opportunities to massive child population. According to 2001 census, the percentage of child labourers increased from 11.28 to 12.59 million in a matter of just 10 years.? As per?reports submitted by HAQ, Centre for child rights, the highest number of child labouring is witnessed among Muslim community, schedules tribes and schedule castes. Bonded child labourers are mostly migrants which make them susceptible to severe exploitation.

Rural areas in India are the concentrated zone of working children. Data reveals that above 60% of child labourers are below 10 years of age. Twenty three per cent of child workers are involved in trade and business activities, while 36% cover the household activities. However, the number working in restaurants, hotels, food canteen, rag picking and hawking remain unrecorded.

The most unfortunate group are those being employed in hazardous industries. Notable example is the match box and fireworks units in Sivakasi located in Tamil Nadu. More than 45,000 children are employed in these units. Besides, nearly 12,000 child labourers are working in the slate pencil factory of Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh. One of the main reasons for persistence of child labour?is poverty.

Many a times, kids are kidnapped to be used as labourers in many different platforms by a big team that operates across the nation. The team involved in child trafficking is difficult to be uprooted and discarded. This group sells kids to agencies that involve them in various bonded labouring. What can be done to control this is a million-dollar question, yet there are simple measures which can enlighten the life of thousands of kids around us.

We can ensure safety and security of our dear ones seeking the help of technology, as in today world, technology creates wonders that are unthinkable. Most of our spending happens without reasons; why not we spent for a cause by buying a tracking device that can save the life of children.