The Balochistan government has taken guardianship of a street child whose video, in which he was seen carrying a shoe-polishing kit on a footpath in severely cold weather, went viral on social media.
As per reports, the provincial government’s spokesperson, Liaquat Shahwani, said the video of the child made him very upset.
“It’s heart-wrenching to watch this video. I was hurt and upset when I saw those visuals,” Shahwani shared.
“We have already fixed a budget of 50 crores for child protection authority and will work towards an effective legislation against child labour,” said the spokesman adding that the Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan has taken responsibility for this child himself.
The video shows the child sitting in a corner trying to keep himself warm in this bitter cold, with a shoe-polishing kit next to him.
While the government has been unable to locate him until now, Shahwani said that he will be taken under the government’s wing as soon as he is located.
“It was around 12:30 AM, when I went there. I’ve visited the place three times but the child was not there. I have assigned people the duty to locate the child. I will go myself once we have the address,” he said.