Rights activists stress need for improved legislation against child domestic labour.

 
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ISLAMABAD -- Child rights activists on Saturday demanded from federal and provincial governments improved legislation against child domestic labour.

Society for Protection of Rights of the Child (SPARC) organised an online 'Debate on Elimination of All the Forms of Child Labour.'

Child rights activists urged the federal and provincial governments for the enactment of new laws against child domestic labour and lamented the sorry state of children stuck in a life of drudgery in countless homes across the country. RiazFatyana, Member National Assembly stated that we as a society downplay the seriousness of child domestic work. People see no harm in a seven-year-old maid babysitting a three-year-old child of her employer or looking after the pets. However, we must realise that these are not the jobs for children. Even if the child workers survive the physical and sexual violence, the emotional stress faced by them is enough to scare them for life. At this age, the only thing a child should have is books and toys.

He futheradded that people hear about heinous crimes against child labourers regularly but still keep employing children as maids, servants and helpers at home and work because they are cheap labour compared to hiring adults.

Sajjad Ahmed Cheema, Executive Director, SPARC expressed great concern at the alarming rate of cases of abuse surfacing against child domestic workers and called for a complete ban on hiring...

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