ISLAMABAD  - Social circles and citizens have expressed grave concerns over rising menace of child labour in the twin cities, saying swelling poverty in the country is the main reason behind this.

The citizens said that it is quite astonishing that the labour exists with its same severity even in the federal capital as in the other parts of the country. Pakistan is one of the countries where child labour surged to the highest level, they added.

They said that lack of opportunities, high rate of population growth, unemployment, uneven distribution of resources, outdated social customs and excess of other factors contributed in this menace. Meanwhile, children from the ages of nine to 18 are almost equally vulnerable to child labour.  Children work in the industries set up in the capital’s Industrial Area where they work under pressure and are paid less as compared to the actual salary. It has been found most of the children work in the motorcycle workshops and rest of at various places, such as hotels, brick kilns and general stores. While, children living in the capital territory and the neighbouring city, Rawalpindi, have to face physical, sexual as well as psychological abuses at the hands of their employers the most.  The citizens said that growing child labour in the twin cities exposed the governmental and non-governmental organisations’  claims of striving to prevent children from working.