The Nameless Boy-Chotu

There is a boy named ‘Chotu’ in hindi means little I belief that this word ‘chotu’ is an insult to all the boys who works as child labor as if their parents never named their babies, he works sometimes at his Uncle’s groceries Shop. The boy looks as if he has no other place to go being only 12 in this tender age he has great responsibilities on his small shoulders!

I asked the Uncle the shop owner with whom I am a person he speaks about his children’s education, I questioned why does not this little boy go to school there are many schools which function as evening schools for the children who have to work. He answered the little boy earns five thousand rupees a month with great pride at his age; he tells Me that the boy has great responsibilities of his parents and in broken English the Uncle also lets me know that his parents have ‘huge debt’ which needs to be paid off and as far as taking care of this Boy he keeps him with his family so that the little boy can have assured rest and good food. But is that all a person can do!

I said if he earns that much at this small age of 12 and goes to school he would be able to help his parents and himself in many other ways, the Uncle politely replied “he doesnot to be educated.”
I never asked or questioned any such thing as to I and every citizen of India know what ‘Child Trafficking’ is defined and takes strict actions against the ‘Child labors’ which comes under Human Rights.
I see that boy always and really want to question that ‘would you love to go to school?’.
There is hypocrisy in the society where a person would do every thing for his own children and still will not let his own relative’s children to be educated. Why ? ‘Mere Jealousy’. The next is the blind folded walk that every human tries to walk away from the responsibilities of any kind where their own relations are not at stake is okay and the attitude speaks of ‘ I donot want to meddle in someone else’s matters.’

So it so happens that we the educated people shining somewhere in our certified degrees, working in reputed companies do not wish that someone can be our equal. Or is it that we are so much engrossed in our own lives that until ‘My house’ is burned let the other’s homes get burned and we will just pass on the sympathies!

I seriously would have helped the boy but the Uncle of the Shop would have shooed me away I know and that way the little boy will never know what his rights are. Fingers crossed will try to do something where he can shine as his Uncle’s children who are being educated in good schools and universities.

As I have written The Little Boy’s story he will never know that his childhood is taken away bey the debts and his Uncle whom he idolizes!


5 thoughts on “The Nameless Boy-Chotu

  1. Recently while travelling in rural Andhra Pradesh I met many Chotu’s in a village – ages between 10 to 14 years all were working for the big landowners, a lump-amount of money paid per year to their family. Their day starts before the sun rises when they work in the fields, later during the day and in the evening they work at the landlords home. They get only 2 hours around the dinner time on their own – to play or just sit and talk to each other – that was the time when I was in that village and they all started sharing their stores till an older worker of the landlord came over and scared them away. The kids asked me to complaint to the police so that they can be rescued but when I asked what would they do once they are free, they laughed and said they will try to run away to the city to work where they may get better money and less work. Already addicted to something or the other and some of them have indulged in crimes also – which really attracted them – fast money, easy life. All of them had other brothers/ sisters who were with the family and studying in local govt. schools. They hated their school, studies, the drudgeries of life in poverty and had a fierce desire to escape it all. But it led them to even worst situation – working as bonded labors with no future at all. Another misstep will slkde them further lead into into utter darkness…

  2. On a lighter note, I really have fond memories of the name Chotu… he’s a little cutie pie baby named thus because he was so tiny and the youngest one in the family. Now he is taller than me, married and have a kid of his own , still I lovingly call him Chotu 🙂

  3. That is the tragedy of the Children who are consumed by the notorious ways and learn nothing but can never be put to the right path, somewhere in the Society individuals love their children and tell their own children ‘look at those children who are child labours that they are not priviledged’.

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