"I am Ravi. I am ten years old and I like playing crikate with my friends and Dhoni is my hero. I am from a village in Jharkhand. I come from a family of three brothers and three sisters, always drunken father and beaten mother.... One fateful day a person came to meet my father. On seeing him, my father was very happy and borrowed a chair from the neighbour’s house to seat him and asked me to go and buy tanda for him.... Within a short while I was in the jeep with Papu chacha, waving my hands to my siblings and neighbourhood friends, not knowing that it was the last time I was seeing them. I wanted to stay awake all through the journey to remember the way back home, but my continuous crying left no strength in me and very soon I fell asleep. Darkness covered the sky and so my life, as I was entering into an unknown and uncertain destiny." narrates Mariyosh the story of Ravi and goes on to show the evils of child labour and ways in which we can fight against it!
This article is part of the 'Children Special' issue of The CALL, that draws inspiration from the Scripture portion, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:3) and draws the attention of the reader to various issues faced by children like Child Labour, Child Sexual Abuse, Slow Learners, etc. Click to read the Editorial: The Children Special of The CALL
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