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Coming together against child labour

Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Pinto's sketches portray homes, hills, and valleys in vivid colours. This 11-year-old native of Mumbai was rescued from a colourless world of begging on the city streets by members of the Don Bosco shelter home here.

According to official statistics, Kerala enjoys a better status than any other State when it comes to enrolment of children in elementary schools and literacy rates. However, the issue of child labour through migration does not receive the same attention as does that of a child's education.

Search for social prospects is one of the main reasons stated for migration. Such migrant children run a greater risk of starting their journey as child labourers. This is because they are the most vulnerable to denial of basic amenities in an unfamiliar State.

Arguments of prioritising the survival of family members over education often arise. This has been addressed to certain extent through programmes that identify family situations and provide appropriate support, which in turn help the children to continue their education unhindered.

Indeed, child labour is an oft-discussed issue with laws such as the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act being formulated to check the practice.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) protects every child, regardless of nationality or immigration status.

“There is a need for a strong follow-up supportive system for these children because they are highly vulnerable to anti-social elements. A personal interest to step up and provide a protective environment for the children is the way forward. This has to be a collective effort,” Fr. Philip Parakkat, Director, Don Bosco Veedu Society, Thiruvananthapuram, and member of the Kerala State Selection Committee for Juvenile Justice Boards and Child Welfare Committees, says.

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