GUWAHATI, Oct 2 - Thirty years after global leaders promised to protect the rights of all children, millions are still not in school, face poverty, exploitation, violence, neglect, and abuse.
A new India report, Child Rights in India � An Unfinished Agenda states that as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the number of rapes against children has increased approximately five times between 1994 and 2016.
The study found that social disaggregation on the lines of gender, social groups and religion increases vulnerability of children and their ability to assert their rights. Disability and situations of disaster worsen it.
Releasing the report at an event organised recently under the aegis of Joining Forces for Children-India, Dr Sunita Changkakati, chairperson of ASCPCR, spoke about the increasing child trafficking incidents and begging on the streets where child rights are violated and children are exploited in the name of cheap labour in various roadside shops, hotels, factories, etc.
She also spoke about the importance of counselling and proper rehabilitation for rescued children, lack of skilled counsellors, awareness generation and advocacy at all levels.
Joining Forces for Children-India is an alliance of six leading child-focused organisations of India, namely, Child Fund India; Plan India; Save the Children India; SOS Children�s Villages of India; Terre des hommes and World Vision India, working towards the well-being and protection of rights of vulnerable children and young people.
Satyanath Sarmah, member secretary, SALSA, shared that more than 900 lawyers are there to provide free legal aid.
Leena Doley, SP (CID), focused on violence against children and gender discrimination, which are quite prevalent in society. She called for empowering girls so that they can raise their voice and called for generating awareness among parents, while asserting that parenting needs to be strengthened.