Every Child Needs To Be Heard…

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Although India is known to be a culturally diverse country, there are many issues which have not yet reached a resolution. Some of these include poverty and illiteracy, two of the main causes for many other plaguing issues. As a result of these two problems, many young and innocent children suffer. They are not only denied the warmth and love every child deserves but also grow up with the impression that they did not deserve the right to be treated like a human being.

They grow up in fear and are in no position to defend themselves as a result of their economic plight. Furthermore, their parents are not even financially equipped to send them to schools to receive a basic education. They are forced into labour and their growth is hampered for the rest of their lives. They perform menial jobs, often involving long hours only to be rewarded with very meagre amounts of compensation. These children are given no freedom of their own and their fundamental rights of survival literally become non-existent. They are deprived of a basic education and the bare requirements of a healthy childhood.

Child Rights are those inherent rights which are guaranteed to every human being regardless to his caste, creed, sex, status of colour. It ensures equality of opportunity and covers multiple needs and issues of the child. It is through the Indian Constitution that many rights of a child are guaranteed. Some of the basic rights of children include; the right to education, expression, information, nutrition, health and care, protection from abuse, protection from exploitation, from neglect, to development, recreation, name and nationality and survival.

In India, however many of these children are denied their basic rights. This is often because of the economic plight that they are in and the inability to help themselves. One of the root factors for this is poverty. It is because they are born into poverty that they do not have the knowledge or ability to proclaim these rights. The parents, too who are struggling cannot raise this issue as the demands for survival are very high for them.

This leads to unhappy childhoods and lives filled with misery where their lives are aimed at helping their parents bring money back home or to find a meagre meal to survive. Furthermore, they are exploited and abused at all levels.

Many non-profits are continuously fighting to protect their rights through various programs and interventions. Through various donations and other schemes, the lives of many youngsters who have been denied their rights are benefitting. These organisations in turn collaborate with the Government at different levels to help protect youngsters from any form of exploitation. However, laws and practices can only become beneficial once the entire community work together towards this issue.