I thought even an innocent child is sustaining his life by hawking packets of sweets. Curiously I asked him, “Don’t you like going to school?”
Struggle for Survival.
A small boy, probably around 10 years old was roaming around Chakrapath with packets of sweets. I was standing on the side of the road, waiting for tempo. When he saw me and asked, “Would you like to buy a packet of sweets? It cost only Rs 10”. Around then simply the inquiry that strikes in my brain is the reason he is eluded from is a dream. For what is obliged to struggle? Is it for Survival? And what do you think about child labor?
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I thought even an innocent child is sustaining his life by hawking packets of sweets. Curiously I asked him, “Don’t you like going to school?” He replied, “I want to go to school, however because of financial condition and obligations I am not able to go.”I have my family and I am the eldest child of my family. While putting sugar cane into a sharp machine my father lost his both legs. That accident still reflects on my mind. And I have two younger sisters and my mother at home, whom I have to look after.”
I asked him, “Where are you from?” “I am from Siraha district.” He also shared that with his partner, Nagindar maybe of a similar age, he came to Kathmandu searching for a job.They met a person from their district, who with a feeling of humanity employed Nagindar as a shoe polisher and this innocent boy as a sweet seller. The boy earned around Rs 200 to 250 per day out of which he had to give Rs 150 to his owner. He also told me that just Rs 100 is not enough to fill one’s stomach. I bought three packets of sweets from him and give him Rs.100. He expressed gratitude toward me and went looking for another customer.
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These circumstances show the critical condition of such children who are working for a living and are not even 15 years old. Therefore they have to depend on their own capabilities. Their owners exploit them. If such problem keeps rising, child labor will be rampant and innocent children will be vanishing. We all must do something for the children who are underprivileged.
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