World Day Against Child Labour: TLSC Chadoora, Human Rights & Anti-Corruption Forum organize awareness program

BUDGAM: The Tehsil Legal Services Committee (TLSC) Chadoora, under the aegis of J&K Legal Services Authority, in collaboration with the Human Rights & Anti-Corruption Forum HQ-Delhi JK Unit, organized an Awareness Programme to observe World Day Against Child Labour. The event, themed “Let’s Act on our Commitments; End Child Labour, Bonded Labour/Forced Labour, Access to Education, Child Custody & Protection From Abuse,” took place at the Municipal Committee Town Hall in Chadoora.
The programme was held under the chairmanship of Mir Wajahat, Chairperson of TLSC Chadoora, and aimed to raise awareness, mobilize action to eliminate child labour, educate the community on its adverse effects, and foster collaboration between different sectors to address the root causes of child labour. The event saw participation from various stakeholders, including local authorities, educators, students, and community members.
During his address, Mir Wajahat emphasized the severe impact of child labour on children’s education, health, and future, describing it as a growing menace in society. He called for a united effort among governments, employers, workers, civil society, and individuals to create a world free from child labour. He stressed aligning national laws with international standards and ensuring effective enforcement, strengthening judicial systems to handle child exploitation cases urgently, and providing financial assistance and social safety nets for vulnerable families.
Adv. A.R. Hanjura and Adv. Nazir Ahmad highlighted the legal ramifications of child labour, noting that forcing children as young as 3 or 4 into labour is a punishable offense under the law.
Feroz Ahmad Khan focused on the severe repercussions of child labour on children’s mental and physical health. He outlined how child labour deprives children of their fundamental rights, including the right to education, play, and a safe childhood. Khan emphasized the need for a robust community effort to combat this issue, stressing that child labour not only hampers the development of individual children but also affects the overall progress of society. He called upon local authorities, educators, and community members to collaborate closely to create a safe and nurturing environment for all children, ensuring they have access to education and opportunities for a better future.
Various students also contributed to the discussion, and the event concluded with Mir Wajahat leading the audience in a pledge to end child labour by 2025. Speakers and guests were awarded mementos and appreciation certificates for their valuable contributions to the successful organization of the programme.

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