Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
Child labour in the city of Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir
Author(s): Ishrat Fatima, Dr. Sofiya Hassan Mir
Abstract: This Research Paper has been undertaken among child labourers in the city of the Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir (2015), in order to establish the phenomenon of child labour in its proper perspective. The objectives of the study have been fulfilled by projecting appropriate variables in the process of data analysis and discussion. Any social problem as an empirical reality has various aspects, such as demographic, economic, geographic, psychological and social. This study has tried to highlight the social aspect of the problem of the working children using techniques of data collection accepted by sociologists and presenting it in terms and concepts used in sociological writings. A wider range of aspects such as family, economic status, parental perception, education, gender discrimination, middle men dimension and exploitation, relations of production, cultural acceptance and issues of health and recreation etc. have been covered. The study also examines existing rules and regulations and pin points the loopholes in the laws which the employers exploit while engaging children in their business units. This framework was applied to generate data on family structure, poverty and its indexes including level of education, occupation and health, as parameters of understanding the life of these children. Infact, the careful statistical analysis of many different aspects of child labourers in Srinagar city of Kashmir, with focus on more qualitative indexes gives a sense of the relations between city and country, between tourism and political environments, between commerce, consumption and human rights.