We all do believe that children are the human form of God. If so than why child labor still exists, when just one year free water and power subsidy in one state of India can bring all the poor children of the country into the classroom. What we study in books that the main reasons of child labor are Poverty, unemployment, extra population, illiteracy etc. But my recent experience told me something different. An idea to stop child labor.
Let me ask you one question, we have children at our home, may be our own or nephew or niece or may be neighbors. How do we talk to them? Something like that “Oooo lee leeee leeee…. my baabby… my cuti q….my lovely baby. Do you want chocolate, how was your day in school etc. We make them feel someone special in our life. But this is only one side of the story.
In Indian, every corner of one location or society, there are some small chaiwallah or small dabhas, when we go there, how do we talk to those chhotu (Child worker) working there as helper ?
Something like “Oye chhotu Two cup chai lekar aa….. oye chhotu.. clean the table…. tera dhyan kaha hai”. You know what, that chhotu (child boy) is not chhotu at all, they are big in their family, they feed their family, they earn for their family.
These innocent and poor children are victims of child labor.
- We see some children are begging instead of playing.
- Some Children carrying garbage bag instead of balloons.
- Some children repairing shoes instead of going school.
Have you ever thought, why do we use different type of behavior with these poor children. Instead of loving these child labor, sometime we give them a different look with unpleasant expression. These poor children are not going to school, not wearing good cloths and working as a child labor, it doesn’t mean that they are not well intelligent or smart to grape the education.
Who knows, a small child labor can also become a Prime Minister.
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi, once a day was a Chhotu Chaiwallah, someone blessed him, loved him, motivated him, showed him a way and now we know the rest. Mr. Raju Yadav, he join shaadi.com, earlier known as Sagaai.com., as chhotu chaiwallah, someone blessed him, loved him, motivated him and now he is a web developer in shaadi.com.
Are we only the reason behind Child labor?
Last month I was going to Maruti Service Center for servicing my car. However, one of my friend convinced me to go to Indira Market, New Delhi, nearby my place. I went there, because they charge only INR 200/- for car service, and handed over my car to a workshop. After half an hour when I visited the workshop, I shocked to see that three children are working on my car; one is changing the oil; second one helping him and third one cleaning the car. I was so upset and asked the owner, why these loving children are working as labor instead of playing or studying. Now you will be shocked to hear his cheap reply.
“This is not my fault, customer wants services at cheaper rate, so I need to appoint Cheap labor, these children belongs to poor family and their parents want them (having 6-10 brothers & sisters) to earn money. These children are ready to do more work at cheaper rate. So I have to engage them to satisfy the customer as well as the need of poor parents. I am just middleman to fulfill the requirement of Customer and poor parents”
Simply, he blames three person for this child labor:
- first, customer who wants service at cheaper rate,
- second, these poor parents and
- third, these poor children who have no option but to work only.
I paid the charges and advised the owner of that workshop, if I were aware that child labor are engaged in your workshop, I wouldn’t have come to your workshop and I assure you that I will not come at your garage and I will also ask my friends not to come to your garage, because, we the customer dont want the child to work any more.
Children are forced to work either directly or indirectly. As a result, the children do not get the time for education. As they have to accept hard work before their maturity, they lose their health and they are deprived of having the scope for spiritual, psychological and cultural development. It was not only the cruel owner who was at the fault, but the parents of the child and customers were also equally involved in this incident.
Idea to stop child labor.
- Do Ignore the shop/garage, which engages child labor, this may discourage the owner to put the child on work.
- Avoid dinner or lunch, where child works as domestic helper.
- Inspire every child come across to you.
At last I would like to say:
- Do a Favor, Avoid Child Labor. Child in Pain is No Gain!
- Let Children be Children, Not Child Laborers.
- Put the Child in Class Not in Glass
- Give Your Girl Child Pencil, But Not to Wash Utensil.
Thanking you, regards, Aman Mourya
I deliver my speech on small idea to stop child labor as my Toastmaster Project 6, in one of the Toastmaster Club. Please do watch and share your comments.
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