Essay on Child Labor
Hints: Role of labor in civilization-engagement of children to lower cost-no labor unrest-result of parents’ poverty and greed-laws are not adequate-social consciousness needed—a shame for the country.
No industry or business can be run without the help of physical or mental labor. It is one of the essential parts of it. As the cost of labor is rising day by day, a businessman always tries to keep up his profit by engaging children in some work at a low cost. This also provides an opportunity to avoid labor unrest. Young boys and girls do not form a union and do not even realize that they are lowly paid.
In such a developing country like India, the little amount the child laborers are paid becomes a great help to their parents. Their parents do not know what kind of hardship their children have to undergo in their places of work. The master or the owner takes the opportunity of the poverty of the parents. Many laws have been enacted against this child labor. But no law is enough to check this kind of humiliation in our society unless we can develop a kind of social consciousness among us.
The only remedy to check this humiliating social custom is to provide more and more employment to the elders so that poverty can be reduced to a minimum level. Though the film Slumdog Millionaire has won 8 Oscars based on the theme of child labor it is no doubt a matter of shame that India has to undergo such a kind of oppression upon the children, even after 60 years of Independence.