Thursday, August 25, 2011
Survey on rate of child labor in our Society
REPORT PUBLISHED IN AUTHOR STREAM---
The survey, though done on a small scale basis, reflects a very alarming picture of the existing social evils in our country. Our primary objective was only to find out the percentage of children who are being forced to do unpaid labor in the local small scale shops in our locality, however digging a little deeper, revealed some very surprising facts. It was moreover a shock for us to find out that out of the 15 shops we included in our survey, we came across working children in 13 of them. This is a very demoralizing fact since in this modern era when we are doing everything to make our country a substantial super power; we are yet unable to erase all such social chronic evils from our society. Our survey was in fact an effort to create some awareness among common mass about the existence of child labor in our society which is dreaming every moment of a sustainable development in all round terms!
Here are some of the details of our survey:-
Name of the area-
, Tollygunge Regent park
Number of shops surveyed- 15 shops (most of which were small hotels or tea shops)
Number of shops where child laborers were found out of the surveyed shops- 13 shops
Total number of children working in all of the shops surveyed- 24
Average number of working children- 2
Number of shops without child laborers- 2
Red color represents region B which includes shops where we didn’t find any children working & Blue color represents region A which includes shops where we found all intotal 24 children employed to work.
It was very strange to see that the number of shops which haven’t allowed this evil to persist are so scanty in number!
We also recorded the proper age groups of all the children working in the shops so that we can make a rough estimate of the general age group of child laborers in the country. Here are some of the factual components:-
Red color represents region B which includes all child laborers in the age
group ‘below 5 years’. Blue color represents region A which includes all
child laborers in the age group ‘above 10 years’. Green color represents
region C which includes all child laborers in the age group ‘5 to 10 years’.
It was in fact a relief to see that at least little children below 5 years of age aren’t the unfortunate victims of this social evil in large numbers. Our survey revealed that most of the working children are in the age group of 5 to 10 years. Cases of child labor above that age group is comparatively lesser, however not very scanty in number!