Child labour should be tackled with humane approach: CUK V-C
Srinagar, June 12: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj uddin Fridayemphasized the need to take a more humane view and approach to tackle the Child Labour issue.
“The menace of child labour is going on since the start of the civilization and the laws framed by different countries, including India, haven’t been able to curb it, as there are families, who are dependent on their children for sustenance,” Prof. Mehraj uddin said while giving the valedictory speech during the on-the-spot essay competition on “A Respite to Poor Families: Child Labour is a better alternative to child begging and no law can stop it,” organised by the Directorate of Students Welfare in connection with the World Day Against Child Labour, observed today. The competition, which was held at Nowgam academic block of the varsity was also attended by Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Director Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, Cultural Coordinator, Dr. Ihsan Malik, Assist Prof. Department of Education, Dr. Muhammad Sayid and Assistant Prof. Department of Urdu, Dr. Pervez Ahmad.
Prof. Mehraj uddin said the people should provide every support to the working children, particularly the ones hired as domestic helps. “The families should treat their domestic help as their part,” CUK VC remarked.
Earlier, the Controller of Examinations, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, also threw detailed light on the issue and appreciated the students for participating in the essay writing. He said that competitions like these provide students a platform to express their ideas and feelings about the prevalent issues and matters plaguing the society.
Director, DSW, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka, described child labour as a global problem. “Child labour is more prevalent in the underdeveloped and developing countries,” Dr. Fayaz Nikka said adding that the issue has huge ramifications as the children suffer from severe health problems while undertaking different jobs. “In Kashmir also, scores of children work as carpet weavers, which adversely affect their physical and mental health,” he added.
Cultural Coordinator, Dr. Ihsan Malik also deliberated on the aforementioned topic and presented a word picture about the pathetic conditions in which the children are made to work in factories and other institutions.
In the competition, Ms. Deeba Rakhshan from the department of Management Studies bagged the top slot while as Mr. Rayees Ahmad Khanday of Law department and Mr. Wahid Yousuf Lone of English Department won the second and third slot respectively.