Ever look at an 8 year old kid working at your local dhaba serving food and cleaning leftovers, and wonder if he chose to live this way or has he been forced by our unjust society that compels him to destroy his childhood and use his tender hands for harsh physical jobs instead of writing or playing?
If you haven’t, I wouldn’t judge you. It’s just the way we have been brought up. All our lives we see young children working difficult jobs like cleaning up the house, garbage disposal, automobile repairing, cleaning restaurant dishes, within our own surroundings and we don’t blink an eye. No one does. Not even our constitution that has no law opposing the abuse of children in the form of internal trafficking and labor.
Who’s to blame?
Social activists say that the absence of a law to hold these crimes accountable is the reason they are prevailing so rapidly and hindering the lives of more and more innocent kids and their families.
Child trafficking is a social stigma that has cost so many kids and their families their lives. It’s overseen by an organized mafia that hides under the shelter of political power, abducts children from all around the country and transports them to other cities. They also target poor and needy families and trade their kids for some money by making falsifying claims of out of city employment for the child.
Child labor is the common most reason for child trafficking and poverty is the root cause of it, according to social activists. While our kids spend their childhood in leisure, so many kids spend their childhood in labor.
Finally the scenario seems to be changing for good.
A Supreme Court hearing on this Tuesday led by additional attorney general Rana Waqar informed a three-member bench headed by the chief justice of Pakistan that the government is working on a bill for children’s rights
Chief Justice Nisar instructed the attorney general to present final draft of the bill to all in the light of the court.
“This societal menace needs to be abolished and it would be if all children are educated under the constitutional provisions of free education for children,” Chief Justice observed.
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