Source | TNN | Times of India
For Shahin, a 12-year-old boy living in a slum of Bajardiha area, the day begins and ends with picking rags from streets and selling them to the scrap dealers. At the end of the day, he earns Rs 25-30. The children of Sukra Bibi, another slum dweller, also pick rags from the streets.
Like Shahin, there are hundreds of children in the city who are engaged in rag picking and other such works. Despite laws, child rights are not protected even in PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency. It is a common sight to see children working at roadside dhabas, workshops and even in houses. The evils like child trafficking and child labour exist in the region.
The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on June 4 each year. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world, who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children.