Originally Posted @ anuj.liberty.me
Nepal has a history of series of revolutionary fights for the freedom. We have experienced various changes in rule and governance. We fought against the Rana Regime . A sort of Democracy was obtained in 1951 which was robbed again by King Mahendra and started Panchayat system (1962) in Nepal. In 1990 “People’s Movement I” brought an end to absolute monarchy and the beginning of constitutional democracy elininating Panchayat System. After undergoing a decade of civil war , in 2006, “People’s Movement II” ended up the monarchy and a run for the “Constitution Assembly” started up. We have already surpass “Constitutional Assembly I ” and the “Constitution Assembly II” is in action.
What have been Nepali people expecting from these changes in governance for so many decades is only the Freedom. But are we Nepali actually seeking Freedom? Being a Libertarian, I do not think we have been searching for freedom these many years. From my prospect we have been fighting to hand over our freedom to some middleman called as politicians in the form of government.
We have expected long these decades for the government to make good policies for the national development and prosperity. We have fought to send our representatives who will be in the government to care for us and feed for us. We have long been fighting by our lives to surrender our life to a third party who will be making the plans and policy to how to run our business and living. Some third party guides us which way to walk, what communication to use, what education to receive, what health services to use, what we plant in our farm, what business we do, what achievement we receive. Is that what is called Freedom for Nepali ? Are we really expecting freedom or are we expecting our freedom to be robbed?
I faced a critical question. Is Child Labor a Crime ? I was confused.
I met a child labor, to be more specific “an orphan child labor” . I had an informal chat with the child and found a self-respect in him. According to him, he used to be beg when he was a child then started to thieve until he was caught when he tried to pick pocket his current master. He showed his gratitude to his master and said : ” I still would have been a thief, if I was not caught by him that day “. On further chat with him about clarifying about the child labor and explaining it as a crime, he questioned ” Doesn’t a Child like me have the right to eat food by own labor ? , or Should I continue thieving until I grow up as a thief? “.
It is estimated that more than 700 children labor only in Nepalgunj. Everyone have a different story ” Why they have to work?” . And most of them would say : “Abandoning child from work is injustice, unless the government itself take the responsibility of them and assure there is no need of labor to them.” And this would refer to poverty as well, as far I understood them.
I would say: What are the factors causing Child Labor? Why do children go to labor? How are child laboring? Are they receiving their payments? What would be the best alternative of Child Labor? What are their challenges and risks? are some vulnerable questions we need to sort out. In one hand we are searching the right to choice on the next hand many children are seeking their rights to cloths, food, shelter and life.
However the question : “Doesn’t a child have the right to support himself when there is nobody to support him?” ” Is child labor a crime or the factors that lead to child labor are the real culprit?” has strike me. I believe “Generalization is various aspects of an Individual is a Crime?”. Nobody wants to labor, not only the children, even grown ups would dream to live a life without labor, but needs make them do so. If you can, solve their problem, if not, do not make their problem more complex.