India’s broken system of childcare and adoption: Campaign to give children chance of better life

By Shreya Kalra* The gravity of the situation of India’s most vulnerable children escapes attention because it’s an under-reported topic in the media and hasn’t been prioritised by government, thus leading to a lack of awareness among the general public as a whole. But there are approximately 30 million orphaned and abandoned children in the … More India’s broken system of childcare and adoption: Campaign to give children chance of better life

Children are told by teachers and parents: Corporal punishment with “a good reason” is necessary

A recent report “Choking Childhood: School Corporal Punishment – Everyday Violence Faced by Disadvantaged Children in India”, by NGO Agrasar, highlights how Gurugram’s disadvantaged children experience corporal punishment in schools. Based on quantitative and qualitative research in semi-urban communities in Gurugram, the researchers collect data from 29 children participating  in a role play, a survey … More Children are told by teachers and parents: Corporal punishment with “a good reason” is necessary

Why stories of child sexual abuse in India such as that from Kathua continue to emerge every day

Excerpt from the report, “Children Cannot Wait: Status of Pending Trials in Child Sexual Abuse Cases in India”, prepared by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation: The brutal rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir) in January 2018 has shaken the conscience of the nation. The public outcry following … More Why stories of child sexual abuse in India such as that from Kathua continue to emerge every day

Idea of replacing locally made food to compromise decentralised autonomy, community control

Text of the letter by the Right to Food Campaign, endorsed by 188 individuals and organizations, to Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister, Women and Child Development, Government of India: We write to you to express our concerns regarding your plan to convert all take home rations given by Anganwadi centres to children in the age group … More Idea of replacing locally made food to compromise decentralised autonomy, community control

India accounts for 3 out of every 10 stunted children globally owing to poor care, feeding practices

By Moin Qazi* We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being … More India accounts for 3 out of every 10 stunted children globally owing to poor care, feeding practices

Due to poor governance, plethora of laws, policies, schemes are ineffective in combating child labour

By Sushant Panigrahi Child labour and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labour of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labour to the end of time.  — Grace Abbott Children are future of the nation; therefore, their well-being … More Due to poor governance, plethora of laws, policies, schemes are ineffective in combating child labour

Involve every section of society as stakeholder in Bharat Yatra for Safe Childhood, Safe India

A nationwide mass awakening campaign, “Safe Childhood – Safe India”, is being launched by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation (KSCF) starting on August 16 at Kanyakumari. To be launched as Bharat Yatra, the mass awakening program will end in Delhi in October this year. A KSFC concept note: Along with economic growth, … More Involve every section of society as stakeholder in Bharat Yatra for Safe Childhood, Safe India