World Day against Child Labour is celebrated on 12th of June each year. The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
On World Day against Child Labour, it brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
In India, the child labourers have no idea about the World Day against Child Labour day and its importance. "What is this day? Where is it observed? Will there be chocolates?" asks a child labour, when told about the importance of the World Day against Child Labour.
There is an approximate of 70% of children who work on agricultural fields and yet, the child labour laws in India do not recognize this category of working children.
Child labourers should be provided with schooling, good health and nutrition, but they are exposed to hazards at workplace and vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence. These things further affect the growth and development of the child and limit his or her potential to grow into an empowered and productive person.
Chotu is just 12 years old and wants to go to school like all other children of his age. But for him, it is just a dream as he has to spend his entire day cleaning dirt and dishes at a roadside dhaba in North Delhi.
Vijay, a 10-year-old from Jharkhand, toils on the streets in the national capital selling flowers along with his younger brother.
These are not just the stories of Chotu or Vijay there are thousands of children who continue to work on streets, in eateries, shops and homes in Delhi and elsewhere for a living.
The government has made some laws for the welfare of child labourers, but the problem remains in its implementation at the ground level and unless the community decides to act against employing children, the law can't alone solve the problem.
On this World Day against Child Labour, steps should be ensured by the public and organizations to limit the happening of child labour and if seen anywhere, inform the police or local authority for the welfare of the child.