Friday, August 29, 2014

The Grass-cutter Girl at Adina Mosque

The Grass-cutter Girl at Adina Mosque
How old would she be? Less than ten right? Well, she clips off grass and bushes from the lawn before the Adina Mosque of Maldah so that tourists can visit the mosque unhindered. In our country, Child Labour Act prohibits the employment of children below the age of 14 years in hazardous occupations identified in a list by the law. I'm struggling to fool myself with the notion that a sickle in a child's hand can't be hazardous at all. Shame on Indian Government and shame on us!

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  1. One of the many tragic ironies of religion...

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  2. Child labour is crime. Employment is something where you get money. But the reality seems to be more tragic. Maybe this little girl won't be getting any money out this act of hers. All she must be getting is the grass, maybe, used as fodder for cattle, or fuel for cooking or even more disappointing, for a thatch for her mud house.

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    1. Exactly Ajeet... On a slightly different note, right things right but unfortunately not always sustainable :(

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    1. Glad to see you Paresh... it has been a while... :)

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  4. Agree with CK. I believe child labor should be regulated and not prohibited because the latter is a luxury for a country like India wherein the majority of the population are below the poverty line.

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    1. That's right thing to say or think but I'm afraid it won't be sustainable :)

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  5. Small hands of slavery, its a pity but not restricted only to developing countries, it is very much present in US agri sector too.

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    1. Oh no! Thanks for enlightening Shweta...
      BTW, are those kids US citizens only, or imported special groups? :(

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  6. Your Blog is really superb. I love it. Very different and a treat to the eyes.Keep up with Blogging.

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    1. Your comment is very kind and encouraging for me... Thanks Maria :-)

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