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Monday, December 31, 2007


The statistics given below is by the UNICEF...
the results are shocking but true and not to forget that there is lot more unidentified..

An estimated 218 million children aged 5-17 are engaged in child labour, excluding child domestic labour. Some 126 million of these children are believed to be engaged in hazardous situations or conditions, such as working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides in agriculture or working with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, laboring behind the walls of workshops, hidden from view in plantations.

Millions of girls who work as domestic servants are especially vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked, forced into debt bondage or other forms of slavery (5.7 million), into prostitution and pornography (1.8 million), into participating in armed conflict (0.3 million) or other illicit activities (0.6 million). However, the vast majority of child laborers – 70 per cent or more – work in agriculture.

The campaigning against child labour is going on worldwide,celebrities across the globe are fighting for abolishing it. But all these years there has been one form of child labour that has gone unnoticed or should i say neglected.

Did we think of the child that is made to act in television and in cinema. Do we fight against it?

Isn't that child labour?

Why is it so?

because of the mere fact that it is entertaining.

Wont the child acting undergo physical and mental stains. In half the cases, the poor baby doesn't even know what its doing or made to do.

Think of it in a different way,

The average per capita income of a person below poverty line in developing/underdeveloped countries is less than than $ 1. Will this amount be enough for that breadwinner to feed his family? If a child is made to work in a neighborhood he/she can a earn for his daily bread. When a child is allowed to act in a movie and earn money out of it, why cant the others?

Should there be a regulation of the field or nature of work the child is made to do, at least he/she can fill his tummy once a day.

In the race between our stomach and heart, the stomach always wins.