Lawmakers and child rights activists on Monday said that necessary steps including strict implementation of legislations, awareness building and proactive role by the local representatives were crucial to eliminate child labour from the society.
Addressing a roundtable, they said that the government should identify the root causes of child labour and ensure proper distribution of social safety money among the poor families.
They observed that violence against children had increased in recent time due to lack of implementation of laws.
Bangladesh Shishu Adhikhar Forum ogranised the roundtable at Azimur Rahman Conference Hall in the city.
Law Professor at Dhaka University and keynotes speaker Mohammad Nazmuzzaman Bhuiyan said that the government should prioritise elimination of child labour in its future plans to meet Sustainable Development Goals within 2030.
He said the legislations defining ages of children and youths appeared often confusing that hampered total estimation of the child labour.
Comparing data from the Child Labour Survey 2013 and Quarterly Labour Force Survey 2015-16, Nazmuzzaman said that a large number of girls became the victim of child marriage and were forced to work daylong in ‘controlled’ slavery system.
Parliament member Hosne Ara Lutfa urged local representatives to find out under-privileged children from extreme poor and broken families and ensure their normal life.
Parliament member Israfil Alam said concerted efforts by the government and non-government actors were crucial to curb poverty which often forced child labour.
He also stressed for law enforcement to check child labour in risky jobs.
The chief guest and state minister for labour and employment Md Mujibul Haque said that the government took survey project to dig out the causes of child labour in risky jobs.
‘Necessary steps would be taken as per the survey findings,’ he said.
Chaired by BSAF chairperson Md Emranul Huq Chowdhury, the roundtable was also addressed by parliament members Jebunnesa Afroz, Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury, Shamsul Alam, Kazi Rosy, Nurul Islam Talukder, rights activists Ehsanul Haque, Abdullah Al Mamun, Zahangir Nakir, Priyota Khandaker and Ayesha Akter, among others.
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