India’s children continue to challenge our conscience

On the occasion of #30yearsofUNCRC, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights in collaboration with Terre des hommes Germany – India programmes Prayas, Campaign Against Child Trafficking (CACT), Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) and Centre for Education and Communication (CEC) launched the 3rd status report on the situation of children in the country – titled- “India’s Children Continue to Challenge Our Conscience“. All the authors of the book were appreciated for their commendable work and that includes- Abhijit Das, Amrita Jain, Anita Ghai, Bharti Ali, Biraj Swain, Biswajit Dhar, Enakshi Ganguly, Indira Pancholi, Karuna Bishnoi, Nicole Rangel Menezes, Prabir Basu, Rita Panicker, Samreen Mushtaq, Shruthi Ramakrishnan, Subir Shukla, Sumitra Mishra, Swagata Raha and Chirappurathu John George (C.J. George).

 The launch of the book was followed by a public hearing that included 13 children from around the country who shared their concerns with a jury comprising of eminent personalities from diverse backgrounds like – Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Amar Saran, Dr. Syeda Hameed (former Member of the Planning Commission of India), Ms, Faroogh Foyouzat (Country Representative of UNICEF- India) and Ms. Namita Bhandare (journalist and columnist on gender and social issues).

In their statement the jury noted that “Several new challenges have emerged. These include climate change, air and other kinds of pollution, increasing migration, impact of conditions of conflict, the  question of identity and citizenship (such as statelessness, implementation of NRC and concerns of refugee children).The prevailing situation of Kashmir was duly noted with concerns where children’s access to education and psycho social health has been impacted”.

“Through the testimonials of the children, it is evident that denial of rights and entitlements is increasing”, the jury stated. The jury concluded that there is an urgent need for the government and civil society to undertake awareness campaigns to address the issues.

You can read or download the report at the link below: