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2898 child labourers engaged in commercial sectors in Dimapur

A young boy cleans parts of a truck on World Day Against Child Labor in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. This day serves as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labor. (AP Photo)
DIMAPUR, JUNE 12 (MExN): Community Educational Centre Society (CECS) observed “World Day Against Child Labour”, which calls the world’s attention to the plight of millions of boys and girls who are victims of child labour, on 12th June at the Community Education Centre School premises along with students and staffs of CECS.

Subonenba Longkumer, Project Director CECS stressed on the spotlight provided by World Day Against Child Labour on the right of all children to be protected from child labour and from other violations of fundamental human rights. He pointed out on the prevailing condition of child labour in Dimapur and Nagaland as a whole and stressed that child labour is an impediment to children’s rights and a barrier to development.

There are 2898 child labourers engaged in commercial sectors in Dimapur itself according to a survey conducted by CECS, supported by Labour Department in 2011 and 2012. He also mentioned that there are more than 2000 to 3000 children in domestic sector or employed as domestic labours where most of them are physically, sexually and verbally abused by their owners every day.

He also presented some documentary videos and pictures showing the pathetic conditions faced by children in their work places and also testimonies of some of the children where they cited the conditions or situations leading them to work as labourers. Children are brought from different corners of the state and even from the neighbouring border areas and are either sold off or kept as domestic helps in different houses, he added.

8 children were rescued as a result of trafficking during the last 2 months where most of them mentioned that they were physically abused by their owners and were made to work in very harsh conditions. Apart from these there are still a large number of children who have been trafficked into Dimapur and are working as domestic servants in many houses under pathetic conditions.

He also presented on CHILDLINE 1098 which  is a national 24 hour free phone emergency outreach service for children in need of care and protection , supported by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and links State Governments, NGOs, Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies, allied systems and the Corporate sector. He urged all the students to avail the services of CHILDLINE 1098 and report any kind of cases relating to children in need of care and protection.

Various NGOs along with the Government is taking up several steps to tackle the problem of child labour and several steps, awareness campaigns, programs etc have been undertaken and implemented but however, a strong and sustained global movement is needed to provide the extra push towards eliminating the scourge of child labour. He finally urged everyone to join hands to make the society free of the evil scourge of child labour and create a child friendly environment by providing a platform today for the unprivileged children for a better tomorrow.

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