A topic of limited discussion, policies should ensure children work on dreams and not on fields

By Prem Ramesh Auti* “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela On 12th June 2019, ILO celebrated 100 years of promoting help and social justice to labour and their family. On this day, ILO defined one of their sustainable development … More A topic of limited discussion, policies should ensure children work on dreams and not on fields

Boycotting products only band-aid solution to child labour problem, which is deep-rooted in society

By Akash Kumar* “Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but I will see the end of child labour in my lifetime.” – Kailash Satyarthi In 2015, India was termed as the ‘shining star’ in the global economy by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, then Commerce … More Boycotting products only band-aid solution to child labour problem, which is deep-rooted in society

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