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6,200 child laborers in Bagmati in risky occupations


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2022 Feb 25, 13:57, Kathmandu
A child carrying goods seen in New Road on September 14, 2021. Photo: Prasan Gurung/Nepalnews

A study has shown that 6,200 children in Bagmati are forced to do hazardous labor. According to public figures by Independent Campaign Nepal, out of 1.1 million child laborers in Nepal, 200,000 are engaged in hazardous labor.

According to the organization, 3.1 percent of children are involved in hazardous labor in Bagmati province. According to a study report presented by Som Bahadur Syangtan, coordinator of the organization at a program organized in Hetauda, ​​13.1 percent under 10 years of age, 15.6 percent of 10 to 14-year-olds, and 67.2 percent of 14 to 18-year-olds are working in Bagmati for various reasons.

The report states that 35 percent of children are working for 16 hours daily. The report states that the children who are doing labor against the law prescribed by the government have to bear huge risks and burdens, have not received full payment for their work, have to work at night, and have been subjected to indecent treatment.

Participants of the state-level discussion on the situation of child labor in the state organized by the Independent Campaign today said that child labor has increased due to poverty, economic deprivation, illiteracy, and lack of awareness. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Social Development, Bagmati, Gopal Kandel said that ending child labor was a great challenge and added that child labor would be eradicated only if the law on ending child labor was implemented and followed.

Chairman of the National Child Rights Protection Network, Prakash Khatiwada, said that coordination and implementation of policies were necessary for reduction of child labor and added that local bodies should place special emphasis on it. The program was presided over by Goma Bhandari, a member of the organization.

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