ISLAMABAD - A 12 years old Hanifa is now an invalid for life. She has lost both her legs, which were burnt when the brick kiln owner threw her in the fire after a dispute with her family in Hyderabad. This is how children and child labourers suffer to supplement the income of their ever growing, poverty-stricken families. The SPARC press release issued here on Wednesday stated that on June 3, the SPARC, Hyderabad office, received information from Tando Jam, Tando Hyder and Hosri of Hyderabad district that 54 people, including 32 children and 14 women all bonded labourersu were in a miserable condition and needed help desperately. The legal adviser of SPARC filed four petitions in session's court, Hyderabad, for immediate measures for removing the people from the brick kiln. The judge took a suo motu action and the people were presented in the court in police custody. The people stated that the brick kiln owner not only took back employment from them but also harassed the women and also burnt two of their children. They could not raise their voice because of being in debt bondage. The government's safety nets have failed to support and rehabilitate these people. This incident confirms that child labour exists in Pakistan in various forms.  To highlight the plight of child labourers in Pakistan, SPARC organised weeklong activities from June 6 to June 12 to culminate on World Day against Child Labour June 12. The SPARC celebrates this week nation-wide through its offices in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Balakot and Hyderabad and through 40 child rights committees at the district level. The objective of this week is to bring to the forefront the plight of child labourers, which is estimated to be over 10 million. These children are living a life of deprivation and violation of all their fundamental rights such as education, health care, recreation, proper nutrition, safe and secure environment and a childhood free of work and exploitation. A majority of these children are working in worst forms of labour such as; deep sea fishing, bangle making, carpet weaving, stone crushing, tanning and rag picking etc. The SPARC on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour demands of the government and the civil society to give every child his/her right to quality, uniform, education in order to combat child labour. It is also feared that the present economic crises and food crises will further heighten the plight of poor and poverty-stricken children and the figures of child labourers may surge, compelling more and more children to work to supplement the already beleaguered income of the family.      Executive Director of SPARC Qindeel Shujaat lamented, "Attitudes of our policy-makers and the society at large show total insensitivity towards children and define ourselves as human beings, who do not respect and protect children's rights. Child labour is extremely common and acceptable that we do not even notice it any more. Abolition of child labour is just a dream.