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Should We Stop Them?

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How old does he look? Teenage, possible. But definitely not 18. But then he might pass as a 14-year-old. And therefore, nothing illegal about doing a bit of labour on the streets in the evenings.

Child labour laws allow developing countries to set minimum age for employment as 14. Hence, many in India take advantage of their slightly-older-than-age looks and lack of birth certificates, or for that matter, lack of a proper checking, to go out and earn a living. Now who could call it a crime, if out of desperation and hunger, a child wants to do something to help his family to make ends meet? That is why we are still only ‘developing’.

The street in the picture is in East Fort. The kid is selling some toys. The horns on his head are some kind of LED toys meant to attract children. Next to him is another kid doing the same ‘business’. Both of them seem to be from other states speaking a different language.

But they don’t seem unhappy. They seem to enjoy what they do quite well, totally involved in it. By stopping them, do we help them or harm them? How can we stop them unless, we can ensure they get a proper education and their families get to meet basic needs of life? What is your take on this?

Posted By : Cris, On Aug 07, 2010 11:37:30 PM
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