Child labor has been an international concern because it damages, spoils and destroys the future of children. The problem of child labor is a serious matter not only in India but also in other developing countries. It is great social problem. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions deprived children in our country who have never known a normal, carefree childhood. The law in Indian soil says that any child below age of 14 cannot be employed either in a factory or office or restaurant. In fact, India’s international business has been severely affected in many cases because child labors, violating human rights, have been used in some stage or the other in manufacturing, packaging a transport of those items. And, in a large number of cases of export of ready-made garments, prawn and several other items from India has been rejected on grounds of child labor being used. Few questions :- What would you do when u see a child working for daily labour? What punishment will you give to the one who encourage child labour?
Helping around the house or farm, or working in a local shop on weekends or for a few hours after school during the week is not child labour. If this work prevents a child from receiving a full time formal education and when it contravenes existing laws on the minimum age and conditions for employment, it become child labour. Parents, employers, government officials, teachers, police and other community representatives should all be involved in providing the necessary conditions to ensure that children do not have to work. We all have a role to play - governments, international organisations, businesses, NGOs, community and faith-based organisations, trade unions, employers, teachers, parents, communities and you. Governments and Donors (such as the European Union and the Irish Government) must continue to increase funding for basic education in developing countries and support initiatives that aim to get out-of-school children back to the classroom - and keep them there.