Child Labour

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Noor Saeed
Child labour has become a major issue throughout the world that causes mental, physical, moral and social harm to children. Child labour is the employment of children for work in Pakistan. In third world countries, like Pakistan, it has grown to the maximum level. This international problem is becoming intense with every passing day because a large number of children are forced to do work. Pakistan ranks third among the countries with the highest percentage of child labour due to which they remain deprived of their childhood, health and education.Child labour has serious consequences upon children, their families and even on the larger spectrum of society as well. Children in Pakistan are engaged in the worst forms of child labour including forced domestic work and bonded labour in brick factories, agriculture sectors, and urban households. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated that in the 1990s,11 million children were working in the country, half of whom were under age ten. Poverty is the greatest single cause behind child labour. The ratio is higher in industrial cities like Karachi, Islamabad, Sialkot, Rawalpindi and Lahore, They are also constantly subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. There is an abundance of laws to tackle the menace of child labour but they are unfortunately ignored. Government authorities and other different organisations need to work to free children bonded in labour. They should be rescued from exploitive working conditions and should be supported regarding education.