Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO), an NGO working with child labourers and children in distress will be observed ‘World Day against Child Labour’, in Bengaluru on the theme ‘Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour’, on June 12, 2022. Speaking on the occasion, Mr A H Umesh, Dy. Labour Commissioner, Bengaluru said, “Eradication of child labour is the responsibility of each and every citizen. Awareness campaigns and rescue operations are essential components in combating child labour.” Fr. Varghese Pallipuram, Executive Director, BOSCO Bengaluru, opined that the majority of the children who land in Bengaluru city from other states are coming in search of jobs. Mr Santhosh Hipparagi and Devaraj Asst. Labour Commissioners and Smt. Kokila Chandrashekar, Corporator, Chamarajpet Ward, Bengaluru spoke on the occasion.
The theme of the day calls for increased investment in social protection systems and schemes to protect children from child labour. The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years – with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF (June 10, 2021). According to official data, there are around 152 million children worldwide working as child labourers, out of which India accounts for close to 7.3 per cent of that number. India alone has 33 million child labourers. One in 10 child labourers worldwide is from India.
There are thousands of child labourers in various parts of Bengaluru. This year BOSCO has rescued a hundred and twenty-seven child labourers of whom twenty-two of them were under 14 years of age and placed them back home. It is a day to educate society about the importance of childhood and child rights, create awareness about child labour and invite the civil society to join hands to combat child labour.
Rallies would be organized in the Veerabhadranagar and Shivajinagar areas of Bengaluru. The public would be made aware of their responsibility to send children to school instead of pushing them into child labour. Distribution of pamphlets, shouting slogans and exhibiting placards would be done to disseminate the message. Children from BOSCO will perform Street Play to create awareness to the public about Child Labor in Bengaluru at BMTC Bus Stand, Majestic, Satellite Bus Stand, KR Market, and Gandhinagar.
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