Do not rob them of their childhood

smoothoperator By smoothoperator, 22nd Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Third World countries speak a lot about eradicating this treacherous disease but little is seen on the ground.

Give them your love and affection lest they age much quicker.

I feel sad when I see the paper boy who delivers my newspaper early in the morning. He has been employed by the distributor in my city simply because he is available for the job. Ideally he should be studying in a school in either class VII, IX or X. We have deprived him of his education.

The boy in the petrol bunk who checks the pressure in your tires is even younger. He is there because of his family. Probably he has a drunken dad and a sickly mom with four siblings to feed. Going forward we get our shoes polished in the road corner by the small boy who is probably eight years old. He has joined his father in his profession and is deprived of his basic education.

The list goes on only to bother you for as long as you read this article. It is amazing we do nothing about this. Come Diwali the festival of lamps in India, we have all the crackers and fireworks only to be made by children between the age of 8 and 15 who are all either dropouts from school or have never been to a school in their lives. The Government has rules that clearly prevent children from being employed and is punishable under the law. Why is the law not being enforced?

I leave these questions for all my readers to ponder about and act upon. Can we do something? Is there hope for the children of tomorrow, if not today, to get educated and not work at such an early age? The irony of the whole issue is all of us have been thinking, pondering, wondering, debating or writing but not acting upon the issue effectively.

Rise brethren to the cause of prevention of child labor and play your part in addressing this treacherous disease.

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

Oh so true. Remember the song "Little Boy Blue".

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author avatar maftab92
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

These are hard facts of life.

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author avatar smoothoperator
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

It is a pleasure to see your comments. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

You are right, I do agree but imagine for a while- aren't these boys may be helping some cause and contributing for their studies or helping both ends meet,no controversy intended,,just imagine.

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author avatar Patrice Campbell
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

Wonderful article reminding us all that things can be a lot different in neighborhoods we may not visit. Thankful that we can read and learn.

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author avatar Anuradha
23rd Jul 2010 (#)

You have stopped this list, my friend. This list goes on and on...see the small girl who sells ear buds or cloth to clean the glass of your car in the signal, a small boy selling coloring books...we must all be united to stop these from happening.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2010 (#)

This happens all over the world. Hopefully by the year of 2015, every child can be a child again and get an education. good article:)

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author avatar snooky
16th Aug 2010 (#)

Then there are those who work because they want too. My son got a weekend job when he was thirteen and has been working ever since. He lettered in football & basketball graduated from high school, went into the service where he furthered his education and is doing quite well as a husband and father.
I realize that there are indignities happening to our children. but that is not always the norm.

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author avatar SiddiQ
5th Oct 2010 (#)

A really touching article. But now, people have taken up notice and are trying to prevent poverty. We all support it.

One day, we shall win!

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Apr 2013 (#)

This is sad but I have hope that the future will be better. We must not continue to let this happen. Thank you for sharing my friend.

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