Kathmandu: Abolition of bonded labour is still a distant dream in Nepal, even as statistics show the number of child labour has dropped to 1.6 million.
Commissioner of National Human Rights Commission Gauri Pradhan on Wednesday said though statistics have shown decrease in child labour, abolition of bonded labour is still a distant dream and UNICEF has been in the fore front in the drive.
He was speaking at a function where UNICEF launched a campaign to end violence against women and children coinciding with the initiation of global campaign to eliminate violence against children today.
He said it is a matter of pride that movement for child rights in Nepal for the last 20 years has given fruit to various movements which have been recognised internationally such as Shakti Samuha - an organisation founded by trafficked women which has recently bagged prestigious Magsaysay award.
According to UNICEF Nepal`s representative Hanaa Singer, there are about 1,600,000 children in the age group to 5-17 working in various factories, while more than 600,000 are engaged in hazardous works.
The number of girls and women working in the night entertainment industry in Kathmandu is estimated between 11,000 and 13,000.
She said there is a need to ask children to report on violence against them and make the invisible visible as large number itself is not reported because it happens in homes.
According to the data, 34 percent of women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence at least once since the age of 15.
Nearly 40 percent of survivors of child sexual violence are aged below 18, the study reveals. Annually 12,000 children are trafficked to India, mainly for the purpose of sexual exploitation.