Child Labor, a Curse??

Child Labor is condemned and protested against the world over. However, in societies like ours, there exists a perspective that most people ignore. These children that we find on streets selling newspapers, helping in auto workshops and serving in dhabas, support whole families after them. Some of them even lack any other male earning member, which forces these kids to work for feeding them.

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Source: Daily Times

What, in my opinion, we need is Government support for such families and part-time learning programs for such children. That’s because if these children don’t earn, their families cannot survive. And only if we can provide them with food, essential clothes, shelter & financial security, we can get rid of this curse. What do you people say?

5 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

    A very crucial issue indeed and yes I agree with you too, it may be an ooh Aaah scenario for the nations who spend more bucks on dog food lest the human lives … here in most of the cases it’s almost impossible for the father alone to feed the large family (and in some even a father lacks) — I guess the idea behind Shezad Roy’s Zindagi Trust is brilliant … something alike on much larger scale fully sponsored by influential NGOs and govt… could be beneficial ….!!!

    For a developing nation – such hurdles or as you’ve said “curse” are in a way important and needed – to make oneself strong … Lets pray for some betterment in this way … !

    Nice post :)


  2. Sabyn (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:19 am

    We should be practicle, so how many Shahzad Royssss are out there??? u, no , u, no…….. who?

    I will try to become one and work for betterment :)

    touchy post though…


  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    Protection of its citizens is Government’s own responsibility and that is what it charges taxes for. One man cannot do it alone. Our Government should encourage by providing technical and financial assistance to such people so that they can work to bring some change in our society.


  4. Vaqas (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    I second that. Govt should be responsible for that. They collect billions in taxes.


  5. Ali Choudhury (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    Seeing as how 95% of people in Pakistan avoid paying taxes in a poor country with an oversized military, asking the government to deal with it is a non-starter until change takes place.

    Of course families on the poverty line need as many breadwinners as they can but unless children are sent to school, they end up being far less productive workers when they grow up relative to those abroad.

    Brainpower is what separates countries into winners and losers and Pakistan needs as much of it as it can.



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