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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dignity of Labour?

When we talk about child labour, a common and grossly exploitative facet of poverty in countries like ours, we hardly focus on the real picture.

Be it the organised sector or the informal & unorganised sector, child laour is rampant. Taking a look at these heart-wrenching photographs, sent to me by a forwarded mail (original source unknown, and hence uncredited by me), we can just spare a thought for the children whose childhood have not only been robbed, but the indignities of hard-labour - all for a minimal pay and often inhuman working conditions - make them stand out as sufferers who are easily forgotten by the powers-that-be!















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3 comments:

Pratyush - Waiting for ur rply said...

well I really feel myslf helpless and desperate when I see a boy or a girl is working hard for his/her livelihood. Hw cruel the situation is as well as our society!!! we are unable to give the primary needs to the children and shout "children are the future/bone of our society" and we even push them to the hell!!! shame on us(even me as i m unable to help them).

Imran said...

I would agree with you and say that child labor is morally reprehensible. It is a despicable component of any country's economic model that needs to be immediately eradicated. It pains me to find how cruel we can be making these innocent children suffer the rigours of labour, which can never be termed 'dignified', and many of us just conveniently turn a blind eye to the sufferings of these children!

vipul said...

these pics are really heart wrenching.....
i was seeing today's news that sonia gandhi has written in a letter to the PM that freedom from hunger should be a fundamental right and free food should be provided to all those who cant afford it...i hope tht dream materializes and more such fundmantal rights are put in law...like free food, shelter n education for povert children...
my heart goes out of these little ones who are shrivelled even before they blossomed