Imran Ahmed – “I am a Kolkata (India) based documentary photographer, love to capture moments, different cultures, people, their lifestyle, religious faiths, political views, problems and many other aspects of life… I have always dreamt a life of an explorer who wants to devote his life to capturing the non-linear aspects of the human race…”
the small hands of slavery
By: Imran Ahmed
Like rest of the world India is also fighting with the vicious problem called Child Labor. India has the largest number of working children in the world. Even so the government of India maintains that there are 11.29 million child workers ages five to fourteen. Many of these children work in some of the worst form of child labor, mainly: forms of slavery and slavery-like practices. Debt bondage and forced labor; and hazardous work, which is likely to harm a child’s health, safety or morals. Most of the Child laborers belong to the poor & nomadic groups. Children in these families who are ailing with poverty perceive their children as an income generating resource to supplement the family income. Parents sacrifice their children’s education to the growing needs of their younger siblings in such families and view them as wage earners.
The Indian government has tried to take some steps to alleviate the problem of child labor in recent years by invoking a law that makes the employment of children below 14 illegal, except in family owned enterprises. On 1st April, 2010 government implemented a historic law to provide free and compulsory education for all of the children in the country, to make education a fundamental right in India. However to change this practice by Law is not that easy because poverty is the reason for child labor in India. This leaves the children & their families with no choice.
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