Since almost 3 weeks there is officially a law banning child labour in India. At first it sounds one of the most promising thing done in a country with the population of 1 billion of which more than half of them are under 25. But this ban doesn’t solve the problem lying beneath one of many series of such acts against children.
Like most of the human rights defined according to the standard of living in present Europe weaving blind eye to the situation in the same geographical place few years ago, which to some extent still persists in backyards of India hidden behind the facades of glittering cities. This ban would be simply snatching the bread from the mouth of not only the children, but their parents and the whole family dependent on the wages of their offsprings. Child labour is neither the problem of implementation of law, general understanding towards young clads, nor pure social economics, but rather it is very subtle social problem. Child labour should not be understood at hatred of the parents towards their children, rather it is dark necessity, which force them to send their children to work. There are many innovative solutions, like the provision of free food in the school and other socio-economic initiatives, where both, the family and a child, benefits, although the 100% implementation of which is argumentative question, but these schemes helps few of them, a usual problem of very huge country. In this country, no proper digital record of any sort of work is kept, of course, outside urban areas, which leads to many mischievous acts against common worker, which is worst, when it comes to children. This can be controlled through law, but the real problem of impoverishment cannot be solved. Indians cannot belong to just one culture. It is like pure indian spices, each having discreet taste and smell. The same is true with the mentality of the people in different geographical locations of rural India. All those innovative initiatives apart from the pure universal law should be matched with different realities and designed such way to solve the real social problem from within, if the government is not able to create a cushion of job opportunities for elder family members. If government and NGO can provide and, of course, guarantee the education as well as employment to children, though the children not having certain pleasure of urban kids, these children when grown-up can make difference to their family and their own children in the future as well. But my own pressing point would be the creation of huge database of working population electronically, in fact, prestigious indian IT industry is capable and willing to do that. What remains to be seen is whether the cabinet is ready for it.
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