A shocking story broken by NDTV was overshadowed by the multiple bomb blasts in Delhi last evening (29 October), but as I was going to write about it, I think I should continue.
An NGO with NDTV went undercover in a garment/embroidery factory and found a child labour sweatshop. About a hundred kids—five years and upwards—squeezed into a tiny, unventilated room, made to work almost 20 hours a day on two meals only! How bad their condition was need not be spelt out.
If this is shocking, here’s what the administration intend to do about it: Nothing.
Delhi’s labour commissioner said that they couldn’t do anything as too much planning would be needed to launch an operation of this scale. The cops said they couldn’t do anything till the festival season was over. And the social welfare department said to leave a complaint and they’d get back.
All this amidst much buck-passing. The gall of these people, who hold important positions in the social welfare set-up of the system, blatantly putting up their hands, unwilling to do anything is shocking. They are not even afraid—ashamed, whatever—to say this on one of the most popular TV news channels in India (and one which goes around the world as well).
There is no point in having laws, even evidence, if the will to implement them is missing. And you cannot have will if you lack a heart. And a spine.