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atrocities on young children common in Pakistan's Punjab

2023 Jun 07, 18:44, Islamabad [Pakistan]

 News of forced labour and atrocities on young children are becoming common in Pakistan's Punjab, ARY News reported.

ARY News is a Pakistan-based news channel.

A similar heart-breaking incident has also happened in Multan. An incident of brutal violence took place in Multan's Char Faiz area, with a 5-year-old student, which shocked the hearts of the onlookers.

The police said that a confectioner named Qadir called the child to wash dishes and promised to give him money. Later, over the transaction, the confectioner tortured the child and put his hands in boiling oil.

According to ARY News, both the hands of the child were burnt, who is undergoing treatment in the burn unit of the local hospital. The police arrested the accused Qadir. The incident is being further investigated.

The practice of employing children as domestic workers has become a norm in Pakistani society. One in every four households in Pakistan employs a child in domestic work, predominantly children in the age group of 10 to 14 years, according to a study conducted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2022, wrote Rida Tahir, a barrister for Pakistan based The News International newspaper.

According to Tahir, it is important to distinguish between child labour in domestic work and children performing non-hazardous household chores in their homes in reasonable conditions under supervision.

Domestic labour entails children performing household chores while working in private homes. Child domestic workers are vulnerable to hazards such as carrying heavy tools, handling dangerous items such as knives and hammers, making tea on the stove and cleaning with toxic chemicals.

They do not have set working hours and do not have access to education or healthcare. Furthermore, children working as domestic labourers are vulnerable to malnourishment, unreasonable confinement to the employer's premises, and sexual abuse. 


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