The Government of India has decided to completely ban employment of children aged below fourteen years anywhere. In how many days and at what extent it will be implemented is a big question but once it will come into effect what will happen to the children who is earning bread and butter for their families.
The Express Newsline has taken interviews of some of the children who earn money by doing job in restaurants and as domestic helpers in several parts of Delhi. It found that the children have no education behind and they are anxious about the future when they will not be able to do the job.
They were asking the same question everywhere that will the government provide education, books, cloths, foods to them? If they will not earn what will happen to their family members?
About one half of India’s 230 million children ages 6-14 do not attend school, and qualify as child laborers. For many, poverty, lack of awareness among parents, inadequacy of school facilities and teachers and ineffective enforcement of child labor laws block access to education.
But many children work because they are lured by employers’ false promises of endless gifts and trips to the movies. Others are bonded to employers by their parents’ debt. And some are simply kidnapped and taken away to their jobs. All are stripped of their childhood for their cheap, obedient labor.
What do you think? Is the government able to fulfill their basic needs for living life and continuing their education? If yes then it is great step but if no, then this step will ruin children’s life, as they will be helpless from all sides.