Child labour can be defined as a crime in which children are forced to work from a very early age. It takes away a child’s right to enjoy his/her childhood. Children involved in child labour do not play or study like other children and it affects their physical and mental growth.
As per Indian law, children up to age limit of fifteen years should not be involved in any job. It is a crime if children under the age of 14 years are forced to work by their parents or masters in restaurants, hotels or offices.
Child labour happens due to many reasons. Unemployment and poverty are two reasons for child labour in some countries. When people are poor, they force their children to work and earn some money. When parents don’t earn enough money or they don’t have jobs, they force their children to work and earn.
Lack of education is another reason for child labour. When parents are not educated, they sometimes don’t understand the importance of education and put their children to work. Some poor parents believe that it is better to put the child to work and earn money. They don’t like to spend on education.
Many factories, restaurants, hotels prefer to employ children than adults. Children work more in fewer wages. A child doesn’t know his/her rights. But an adult will demand full wages. So people take advantage of children.
Child Labour is a social issue. It is the responsibility of adults to take care of children and help them to grow in a happy and healthy environment of school and family. Children are the future of our country. Child labour should be abolished completely.
People and governments should work together to prevent child labour. The government should create employment opportunities so that parents don’t put children to work and let them enjoy their childhood.
What are the causes of Child Labour?
Child labour happens due to many reasons. Unemployment and poverty are two reasons for child labour in some countries. When people are poor, they force their children to work and earn some money.