ISLAMABAD  - Social circles and citizens have expressed grave concerns over rising menace of child labour in the twin cities, saying swelling poverty in the country is its main reason.

As the child Labour is a socially and culturally accepted phenomenon throughout the world, which is an important and a serious global issue through which all countries of the world are directly or indirectly affected.

The citizens said that it is quite astonishing that child labour exists with its same severity even in the federal capital as in the other parts of the country. Pakistan is one of the countries where child labour surged to the highest level, they added. They said that due to lack of opportunities, high rate of population growth, unemployment, and uneven distribution of resources, outdated social customs and excess of other factors contributed in this menace.

Meanwhile, children from the ages of nine to 18 are almost equally vulnerable to child labour. Children work in the industries set up in the federal capital’s Industrial Area where they work under pressure and paid less as compared to actual salary. It has been found most of the children work in the motor and cycle workshops and rest of at various places, such as; hotels, brick kilns and general stores.

While, the children, living in the capital territory and the neighbouring city Rawalpindi, have to face physical, sexual as well as psychological abuses at the hands of their employers the most. The citizens said that growing child Labour in the twin cities exposes the governmental and non-governmental organisations’ (NGOs) claims of striving to prevent children from working. 

Meanwhile, residents of Dhok Khabba have protested against suspension of clean drinking water in the area.

This is thickly populated area and most of the population consists of government employees but no arrangement has been made by the RDA to supply clean drinking water to us. We don’t have much time to bring water from filtration plants operating in remote localities, said a group of residents. The residents said that they have to purchase water and it costs Rs 600 per water tank. In this age of inflation how long our pocket will allow us to buy water when it has become hard to purchase daily use items for family, they added. A member of every second family of this area is suffering from abdominal diseases due to use of contaminated water, said Irfan Hayat, a trader.

The residents demanded immediate supply of clean drinking water to the area.