Neglecting children’s rights

Shakeel Phullan

It is painful to say that, government has failed to formulate policies and legislation to eradicate child labour in Pakistan, which has remained very far from its national and international commitments to protect and promote the fundamental rights of children. International Labour Organisation’s fact sheet on South Asia 2015 has stated that there were 3.4 million child labourers in Pakistan.
Recently, a report was resealed by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child which stated that more then 3,768 child sexual abuse cases occurred last year, at the rate of 10 cases every day. Further, the report has highlighted that around 21 percent of girls were married before reaching the age of 18 in previous year. The children are completely being ignored to get their fundamental rights in Pakistan where children are crying and dying day by day. Today, the children in Tharparkar are still dying of acute malnutrition, starvation, lack of basic healthcare and the death toll of children had reached 143 at the end of last year. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has suggested that poverty is the main rootcause behind child labour.
The child labour problems have grown up because of uncontrolled population in Pakistan, since, the population of country is increasing at very high rate with 2.2 percent. So, It is my humble request to government of Pakistan to take serious action on this grave issue and provide fundamental rights to children whose lives are being destroyed.

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