DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY
By Saloni Sheth
The concept of Directive Principles of State Policy was borrowed from the Irish Constitution. The Directive Principles of the Indian constitution have been greatly influenced by the Directive Principles of State Policy. Directive Principles are classified under the following categories: Gandhian, economic and socialistic, political andadministrative, justice and legal, environmental, protection of monuments and peace and security. The directive principles ensure that the State shall strive to promote the welfare of the people by promoting a social order in which social, economic and political justice is informed in all institutions of life. One of the principles of State Policy is to prevent Child abuse and exploitation of workers. Children should be allowed to develop in a healthy manner and should be protected against exploitation and against moral and material abandonment. But has the directive principle of state policy to protect children from child labor been realized? Even when laws or codes of conduct exist, they are often violated. The term ‘child labor’ means ‘working child’ or ‘employed child’. Child labor is any work done by child for profit. ‘Child labor’ is a derogatory term which translates into child exploitation and inhumanity according to sociologists, development workers, medical professionals and educationists. They have identified child labor as harmful and hazardous to the child’s development needs- mental, physical, social, educational, emotional and spiritual. Child labor is a very complicated development issue, effecting human society all over the world. It is a matter of grave concern that children are not receiving the education and leisure which is important for their growing years, because they are sucked into commercial and laborious activities which is...
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