KATHMANDU: About 1.5 million child labourers in Nepal, who are deprived of education, are facing problems associated with their health, mental, spiritual and social well being, according to Nepal Labour Force Survey 2008. The figure was 2.5 million a decade ago.
“Although the number is declining, six lakh children face the worst form of child labour, said member of National Human Rights Commission Gauri Pradhan.
Work in embroidery apart from brick kilns and domestic help are the newest forms of child labour.
The National master-plan of child labour 2011-2020 aims to eliminate all types of child labour by 2016 and complete eradication by 2020. However, coherent efforts of line agencies towards achieving the target is missing.
Speaking at a programme to mark World Day against Child Labour today, former CA member Shanta Chaudhary, a former Kamalari (bonded labourer) recounted her days at a landlord’s place. She said her right to live with parents, good food and care in sickness were seized as a labourer.
Accusing political leaders and human rights activists of keeping child labourers at home, she suggested surprise checks at their houses.
World Education Country Director Chij Kumar Shrestha said economic condition of parents, alcoholic father were push factors and the city lifestyle, promise of brokers and peer group pressure were the pull factors that promoted child labour in the country.
A rally was also organised in the city to mark the day.THT