Photo of the Day: Child Domestic Labourer Severely Beaten in Lahore

Malik Omaid

 

Child labour

During the Faiz Mela last week singer Jawad Ahmad spoke to the audience before his concluding performance expressing his views that Pakistan’s biggest problem is not extremism, its hunger, poverty, inequality in wealth distribution, lack of education and medical facilities, inflation, lack of worker rights and lack of justice. I may slightly disagree with his views but cannot even force my self to disagree entirely. This Photo above authenticates his claims and we see these injustices happening in our daily lives. We go to motor cycle mechanics and our most of the work is done by a 6-7 year old (sadly young, very young) boy who in front of our eyes will be scolded and even beaten by his master and we could do nothing but see!

Aunties with huge and costly designer bags will have these small untidy girls as maids in expensive malls holding all the stuff bought, normally taller than them and yet you can do nothing but see!

Blogger Maheen Usmani wrote this excellent piece after a women boasted on twitter how she is unable to slap her maid because she wore spectacles:

“Let’s fight for human rights and Naya Pakistan where everyone is equal… except the maids at home, of course. Why do they need change? So what if they get slapped around; we do pay them, right? So ungrateful, this lot, I tell you.

Cases where child slaves are brutally beaten or sexually assaulted rarely bob to the surface like corks in murky water before being pulled under by the quicksand of connections and wealth. Children are beaten with sticks, burnt with irons, smacked with kitchen tongs, raped by rapacious thugs, thrown off roofs because they are children of a lesser God; their crime is having been born in poverty stricken homes and sent out to earn to keep the kitchen fire burning at home. Cut off from family and friends in an urban unforgiving landscape, these kids are starved, made to work through the day and locked inside the house so there is no possibility of escape to attain freedom.

More often than not, the parents are called from the village to receive their emaciated, battered bodies.

What happened to my child, they ask tearfully?”

 

What happened to them? You can see in the below tweets by Jibran Nasir and as a reminder of a long forgotten girl see Raza Rumi’s tweet.

Also see this:


Lahore: child domestic labourer severely beaten… by dunyanews

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