Violation of child rights in the family and conditions at institutions meant for their custodial care are the latest issues of concern and there is an immediate need to address them, officials and child right activists said today.
“Gender discrimination including foeticide,infanticide and disability, physical and psychological harassment, neglect of the child, disrespect and disregard to the view of the child are some of the gross violation of the child rights in the so called best protected place,” said Amod Kanth, the Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Child Rights(DCPCR).He was speaking at a seminar organised by an NGO Society for Empowerment Well being Achievement and Knowledge (SEWAK) on ‘Child Rights: Vision for a Better Future’.
Expressing his anguish over children being neglected and forced by their parents into child labour or begging, the retired IPS officer said that the parents have to be sensitised and there was a need of shifting in their behaviour to deal with children for their wellbeing and protection of rights.
Talking on the same issue, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said the fighting between the parents indirectly affects the child.
She said parteners have to change their behaviour towards each other and make all attempts to make good home for better future of their children.
Former Chief Justice of India G B Pattnaik, who was also present in the seminar said despite, the constitution guaranteed fundamental right for the children, their rights have been violated and the competent authority has to create an independent agency for care and protection of children as well as monitor the issues related to violation of their rights.
Speaking on the children languishing in jails due to the crime committed either by mother or parents, senior Advocate Geeta Luthra sought the courts should take lenient view while considering their bail or parol pleas.