Kohima: In a bid to create awareness among the masses on child labour, Kohima police came out with a creative video to mark World Day Against Child labour on June 12. Enacted and produced under the banner of prominent Naga YouTube channel, Dreamz Unlimited, the video — titled ‘Mr Truth: Episode 3’ — rightly highlights the ugly prevalence of child labour and the legal provisions available to protect children and their rights.
Speaking with EastMojo, North Kohima sub-divisional police officer Yambemo Humtsoe said: “In Nagaland, unfortunately, most of the times, child labour cases go unreported as most incidents become a private affair within families where law enforcements cannot intrude. However, there are many child abuse cases and therefore the need to create legal awareness among the public becomes a necessity. So, Kohima Police came up with the concept of reaching out to the people through a video message.”
Humtsoe mentioned that while illegal immigrants were mostly employed as child labourers, the recent trend/reports have shown that most domestic households have been employing native inhabitants as child labourers.
Humtsoe assured that the state police will also carry out exercises to uproot child labour from society and rescue child labourers.
The Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and regulation) Act of 1986, was amended to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016, which “prohibit the engagement of children (14 below) in all occupations and to prohibit the engagement of adolescents (15-18) in hazardous occupations and processes and the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”.
The 2011 Census reports that Nagaland has 63,790 child labourers. With the passage of time, it is only going to increase.
As per the UN website, 2019 marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No 182). The United Nations has set its 2019 theme for the World Day Against Child Labour as “children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams”.