Birthright of children to a secure future

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international hair Defense Day is celebrated every year on 1 June. Child Defense Day aims to draw public attention to the need to ensure a secure future for the world’s more than 2.5 billion children. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, superstition, social evil, child marriage and child labor are the biggest enemies of childhood in India. Even after 75 years of independence, we have not been able to get rid of them. Our ears are tired of hearing that children are the future of the country. But till today the leaders of the country have not been able to wear the safe clothes of their childhood. What can be our misfortune more than this. The Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 was adopted on 20 November 2007. Child rights include the right to life, identity, food, nutrition, health, development, education, recreation, name, nationality, family and family environment, protection from neglect, ill-treatment, abuse, child trafficking, etc. Our country is also ahead in terms of crime among children and child labor.

Although the government is claiming that there has been a significant reduction in child labor. The government has made many laws to stop child labor and has also made provision for severe punishment, but in reality, even today lakhs of children are working as laborers at various places from factories to tomorrow. Child labor is commonly seen at tea stalls, from fruit-vegetable to filling air in motor vehicles, in hotels, restaurants and in small scale industries. Children from Bihar and Bengal will be seen working as laborers in various states including Rajasthan, MP, UP, Haryana, Punjab. Due to the efforts of the government, many times the administration freed such children from child labor and sent them to their homes, but the conditions of poverty remain an obstacle in their progress and development. More children get trapped in child labor than the number of children who are freed from child labor. These children do not see the face of schools due to poverty and are pushed into labor in the name of family nutrition.

Due to poverty in the country, children are extremely backward in the field of education. According to a report of the United Nations, out of 120 crore extremely poor people of the world, about one-third of the children are from our country. A report by the National Sample Survey Organization states that two-thirds of the people are getting less than the normal standard of nutrition. An NGO report states that around 40 percent of the population of malnourished and underweight children is in India.

Depriving children from reading, writing and playing is the biggest crime. To improve the future of the children, every effort should be made so that the children can get their rights. Along with the government, it is also the responsibility of the society to make every effort to keep childhood safe so that our country can move fast on the path of progress and development. If the childhood of the children improves, the future of the country will also be secure. By implementing multifaceted schemes for the welfare of children at the ground level, we can provide a safe life to the children of the country.
According to a report of the United Nations, out of 120 crore extremely poor people of the world, about one-third of the children are from our country. A report by the National Sample Survey Organization states that two-thirds of the people are getting less than the normal standard of nutrition.

An NGO report states that around 40 percent of the population of malnourished and underweight children is in India. To improve the future of the children, every effort should be made so that the children can get their rights. Along with the government, it is also the responsibility of the society to make every effort to keep childhood safe so that our country can move fast on the path of progress and development. If the childhood of the children improves, the future of the country will also be secure. By implementing multifaceted schemes for the welfare of children at the ground level, we can provide a safe life to the children of the country.

(The author is a senior journalist)

Bal Mukund Ojha

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