Child labour 

Today, there are lakhs of children who work as wage-earners. They are deprived of childhood, love, nutrition and social association. Child labour emerged during the industrial revolution and today it has become a very serious problem. It is a world- wide phenomenon. 

Extreme poverty, large families, lack of free and compulsory education and ignorance of parents are the most glaring causes of child labour. Children do not cause labour trouble and they are ready to accept lower wages. but sometimes, Children are not paid for their labour and are kept as apprentices. Children from four years of age to fifteen years are made to work in glass factories and they are paid as low as rupees five to eight for working for more than twelve hours daily. these children are not allowed to have contact with the outside world.

These children have no chance to attend school and have no choice except to work as unskilled labour. These children are compelled to live below poverty line all their lives. There are many laws against child labour in India and in other countries but these laws alone cannot control the exploitation of children. We must get the support of all the people of the society to control this menace. 

According to law, no child below the age of fourteen can be employed in any hazardous job. Another law states that children should not be made to work beyond their capacity and they should be given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner. However, all these laws have failed to check the problem of child labour. Stringent laws should be enacted and exemplary punishment should be given to those who exploit children for their selfish ends.