PUNE: On the occasion of anti-child labour day, an organisation in the city has released the findings of a month-long survey regarding child rights and child labour conducted through seven allied organisations. The report claims that, of 171 children around the city interviewed for the survey, almost 63 per cent of them were unaware of the concept of child rights and 53 per cent were unaware about child labour rights.
The Association for Rights of Child (ARC), an umbrella organisation of various social organisations, conducted the survey through seven of its allied organisations. The survey began a month ago and the findings were released on the occasion of world anti-child labour day celebrated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on June 12. Most of the respondents of the survey were between 13 and 18 years of age.
According to the survey, 46 per cent of children were not aware of the rights that a child is granted while 54 per cent were aware of the concept. Almost 63 per cent of the children had no knowledge of The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Act, a commission formed in 2005 for the protection of the rights of children granted by the constitution.
Seventy one per cent of the respondents said that they have witnessed child labour and 85 per cent of them said that child labour is wrong and should be banned. Sixty four per cent respondents were not aware of the existence of child labour laws while 59 per cent of them could not distinguish between hazardous and non-hazardous jobs.
According to the survey, 73 per cent of the children said that child labour will hamper their health, education and activities like sports while 88 per cent children supported the idea of penalty to parents, relatives or others who force children for labour. The findings of the survey also suggest that children did not want to carry out traditional occupations.
“Fifty four per cent children in our survey did not want to pursue the same occupation as that of their parents. There should be an aversion to continuing with our inherited occupations as they perpetuate the caste system,” said Sushant Sonone of ARC, adding, ”We carried out the survey to see if children are aware of the acts and regulations which grant them protection.”