CHENNAI: Morning walkers at the Marina Beach on Sunday were witness to a ‘Super Hero’ walk organised by Child Rights and You (CRY) aimed at spreading awareness about the World Day Against Child Labour (June 12). About 50 people from different backgrounds took part in the walk with many carrying placards to highlight messages regarding the ill-effects of child labour.
The NGO had organised this rally for the first time in Chennai. The walk began at around 8 am from the Light House and proceeded throughout the service lane on the Marina (a stretch of nearly 2 km). All participants, including children, wore masks and also carried a bright yellow flag. Hand-designed banners with messages like ‘Every child should be in school’ were prominently displayed.
A CRY volunteer said, “Many of us are students, and some are working professionals. We wish to voice our strong opposition against child labour. Children must never be employed at workplaces.”
At the end of the walk, participants signed on a large flex banner which said, “I stand against child labour”. A photo booth was set up at the end of the walk where participants and a few members of the public gathered to pose with photo frames.