Child Labour has been curse that has prevailed since ages in Pakistan. Various third world countries are facing this issue, but many have been able to solve this problem and protect the future generation from the cruelty of Labour. But, unfortunately in Pakistan, this is not the case. You will see children toiling their way through the harshness of the society to make a living at an age, when they should be spending their hours at school under the protection of their parents, while whiling away their hours playing free from the worries of livelihood.
Awami Web covered several places, where they recorded young and innocent children working on heavy machineries in small and medium scale industries, their innocent faces and their small and fragile hands blackened by the grease of the machines. Some of these children still yearn to have a childhood that they deserve. But they have been burdened by the task of earning for their families. Parents complain that they have no choice but to send their children to work, as they can’t afford to feed them on their petty wages. Let alone send them to schools.
In the western countries, laws against child labour have been implemented successfully, but in Pakistan, such rules fail to stand when families themselves are willing to send their children to work due to poverty. These issues can only be addressed at governmental level. A goods factory in Sialkot faced criticism from the international community, when the international football companies denied to do business with these companies on concerns of children being employed in these factories.
When the international community feels so strongly about the issue of child labour, then it is time that the Pakistani government should step up its act and abolishes child labour once and for all. But child labour can only diminish when the government feels responsible for these poverty stricken sectors of the society, who are forced to send their children to work. People should also feel the pain of these children, as if they were their own, and speak against this crime.
Child Labor in Karachi Factory (see video):