Mumbai: Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC), the child rights wing of the NGO Pratham, on the occasion of the upcoming World Day Against Child Labour on June, 12 kicked off a week-long campaign on Monday.
The campaign aims at child labour, child beggars, child hawkers, girl child, children with disability, child sexual abuse and child education. The campaign is supported by the Mumbai Police and the Railway Police Force.
“The week-long mass awareness campaign will draw the attention of Mumbaikars towards the issue of child rights and protection. The campaign titled “Complete the circle” will hit the issue at its core, inviting citizens to rise in its wake and jointly raise their voices to free children from exploitative conditions.”
The campaign will run from June 6 to June 12, 2016. Through this campaign, the NGO aims to reach out to people across the country through various social media platforms.
“Mumbaikars should be vigilant and they should immediately report to the Mumbai police if any child labour, child trafficking, child abuse activities are taking place in their neighbourhood,” said Dattatray Padsalgikar, Mumbai Police Commissioner.
Across different domains, like-minded individuals, organisations, government departments, law and jurisdiction of our nation are fighting to eradicate this concern of creating safe environments for children. Even though tremendous efforts are made everyday, there is a gap that still remains.
“As many as 100 hotspots within the city will be opened to the ‘Aam’ Mumbaikar to sign and pledge towards a safe environment for children. The buzz of the campaign will run across newspapers, radio channels and social media,” said Sharad Kale, Chairman, Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative (PMEI).
There are 5.7 million Indian child workers aged between five and 17, out of 168 million globally, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Mumbai Police, in a year-long massive crackdown on persons employing children for begging, have registered a record number of cases and have made arrests of people involved in human trafficking. In 2015 alone, around 1,917 children and women were rescued which is much higher figure than past five years. The Social Service Branch and The Enforcement Department of the Mumbai Police have carried out special operations since past one year and their efforts have been effective.
The campaign will highlight the little innocent lives are ignored, naïve minds exposed to dangers and many a childhoods corrupted. As a result, thousands of children in the city fight for survival each passing day. From being exposed to vulnerable living conditions to facing exploitation from family, the campaign aims to address the issues of these children and help citizens across the city to become active participants in safeguarding the rights of children.
(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)