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Mamta Agarwal

(March 27,1951 / India)

Child Labour

Social activists are going hoarse,
And forcing people to take off goods from stores
Made by child labour.
I wonder if they are doing any favour.

Has any body found answers?
Have you found a sponsor?
To help the poor who live below poverty line,
Crying foul is all very fine,

Who will provide them necessities?
So they can live in dignity,
Find a decent vocation,
Food, shelter, clothing and education.

It’s easy to cry foul,
And from rooftops howl
It’s against human rights,
Without a clue about their plight.

It’s a fundamental right,
Though that has been a oversight.
Ban child labour has become fashionable
Making the employers accountable
Yes we should check the exploitation,
But what to do till we find a practical solution?

Submitted: Sunday, February 17, 2008
Edited: Saturday, July 12, 2008

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  • premji premji (1/31/2009 4:55:00 AM)

    practical solution is there......
    just gun down or chop their hands
    who practice child labour.....
    to protect humanity
    sometimes one must be cruel........
    poetic justice.......... (Report) Reply

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