I want to share my views with reference to Harris Khalique’s article ‘Khushi Mohammed’ (June 24). Child labour is a global phenomenon and exists in both developing and under-developed countries. It is universally agreed that denying children their childhood and making them work is not only inhuman but also hampers the development of human resources by retarding the physical and mental development of a large section of the youth who are made to work in their childhood instead of attending schools.
In Pakistan, 8 to 10 million children work. Then, we also have a large number of children who cannot go to school due to financial problems. The government of Pakistan has passed a law that makes primary education compulsory. But we all know that such laws are useless unless they are effectively implemented. The government should supply free course books to government schools and improve their overall condition.