Chasfeeda Shah vows to fight war against Child Labour
Speaking at a seminar organized by “Parvaaz International Trust” on disastrous consequences of Child Labour held in Government High school, Hanjivera on Thursday Chasfeeda Shah said despite many strict laws existing against child labour in Kashmir, the number of minor children, less than 14 years of age, working as labourers was increasing at an alarming level with every passing day.
She said as per reports there are more than one lac child labourers in the state, majority of them work in the handicrafts sector, automobile workshops, brick kilns, agriculture and as domestic servants in homes.
Chasfeeda Shah said that the basic cause of child labour was poverty, distress and illiteracy which need to be addressed earnestly. She said that child labour not only deprives a child of his right to education, health and ruins his life but also hinders the economical and social progress of the whole Nation as the future of a nation relies on its children. “So onus lies on all citizens to join hands in the fight against child labour. She said that the existence of Child Labour Act and other laws regarding prevention of child labour appear not to be effective at all because child labour is quite common everywhere.