Impacts of Child Labor:
- Poor Physical and Mental Health:
Children at such a young age are innocent and vulnerable to the outer world. Child labor affects their physical, mental, and emotional health in anunadorned way. Education is a basic right to everyone, and they are deprived of it. Laborious physical strain and the burden of arranging their own food cause malnutrition in them.
In order to make a living and survive in this world on their own and without any support, they are forced to mature faster than they need to. Their innocence and childhood is stamped upon and lost with the bitter pressure of living a life like an adult. The kind of affection and love needed at such a tender age is never given to them to them making them toxic for their own self.
Children are kept frightened all the time. Because they are small, they are treated as things and not humans. There are increased chances of physical abuse. In order to cope up with the pressure, girls and boys fall victims to the abuse. Many more dangerous habits become a normal part of their lives.
- Addiction and Sexual Abuse:
From taking drugs to selling them, alcohol addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, rape, emotional numbness, violence, are common things that children involved in labor are surrounded with. It is more likely for them to adapt to these bad habits because they are living in it.
While many laws to contract the child labor have been made, they are imprecise and vague in nature. For instance, most of the laws are unable to dictate strict guidelines for the unorganized sectors. Immunity from the dangerous works is not enough. Also, strict guidelines should be made out in terms of where and for how many hours can children work (if they really need to). People in rural and urban areas should be made aware about the impacts of child labor on the minds of children (Urban people for employing children to do work and rural people for sending their own children to do work) Power of education and the various schemes which promises a free basic education for children must be promoted. It is even more important to emphasize how the education empowers girls and makes their lives better.
Child labor is not merely about forcing children to work. Its majorly about thegruesome side effects that these children have to face for their lifetime. It leaves a tinge on the child’s mind. It is a stain on the face of humanity that must be erased as quickly as possible.
After all, what kind of citizens do we expect them to grow into after such kinds of abuse? This has to be considered. Children are the future of our society, our country. We cannot hope for true growth and prosperity until and unless our young generation is safe and healthy in every way.