By Farman Karim Baig
Different non government organizations are working for child’s right in Gilgit-Baltistan, but unfortunately their work and success stories are limited to papers only. None of these organizations have practical approach to the issue and the situation on ground presents a pathetic picture.
In the recent period thousands of children are working at houses, automobile workshops, hotels and cabins, and petrol pumps at a very low wage rate in Gilgit-Baltistan. No legislation is developed to favor the rights of these child. The rights of the innocent childs are being violated due to absence of child right act in the so called province.
The business owners overload the childs with work that exceeds the physical and mental capacities of the childs as well violates the childs’ right act. It is very serious that childs unaware of their rights are seen working for 16 to 18 hours a day in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Respective to child labor, corporal punishment, forcing childs especially girls below 18 years for marriage are severe forms of violations of childs’ right in Gilgit-Baltistan. Millions of ruppees is taken as grant for protecting childs’ right but unfortunately no government or non government organization is in the act at the grass root level for developing a better future for the innocent childs.
It is also very unfortunate having a legislative assembly in Giligt-Baltistan which could not pass any legislation for child’s right and many of the members of the assembly are unaware of what childs’ right is.
Farman Karim Baig is a journalist based in Gilgit.
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