Children….‘Future of the country’
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”.
Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of November in India as a tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru or simply Chachaji, was known for his love for children. Apart from his role as a freedom fighter and politician, Pandit Nehru has left behind a legacy of education and development of children in the country, and November 14 is celebrated as a tribute to him. On this day, chocolates and gifts are often distributed among children, while schools organize different cultural events such as debates, and music and dance performances. After Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas in the country due to his love and affection towards children.
So, up to this, I’ve shared those common aspects of Children’s Day about which we all Indians are well aware of since our childhood, now let’s focus on Today’s India’s situation regarding children.
Crime data shows that every day 290 children in India are victims of crime, with trafficking, sexual violence, and forced labor increasing fourfold in just two years
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, offenses against kids have increased fourfold in a span of two years. “Children are among the most vulnerable groups in the country. Be it, victims of sexual assault, kidnapping or murder, children below 12 years have a higher abuse rate as they are more vulnerable,” said a police official. Delhi Police crime record reveals that every week more than two children report sexual assault.
A total of 89,423 crimes against children were reported in 2014. The number went up to 94,172 in 2015 and 1,05,785 the next year. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of crimes recorded under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) went up from 8,904 to 35,980 – a fourfold jump.
According to UNICEF violence against children can be “physical and mental abuse and injury, neglect or negligent treatment, exploitation and sexual abuse. Violence may take place in homes, schools, orphanages, residential care facilities, on the streets, in the workplace, in prisons and in places of detention.” Such violence can affect the normal development of a child impairing their mental, physical and social being. In extreme cases, abuse of a child can result in death.
As per the recent survey conducted by the humanitarian aid organization, World Vision India revealed this May that one in every two children is a victim of sexual abuse. The survey was conducted across 26 states of the country and covered 12-18 years age-group. It is estimated that children below 12 may have higher abuse rate as they are more vulnerable.
This is true and sad. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has been doing a ‘Satyagraha’ for the last eight days. We want the Central and the state governments to draft a law ensuring that within six months the perpetrator should be given the death penalty.
‘Recently a one-and-a-half-year-old and a seven-year-old girl were raped in the Capital,’ said Swati Maliwal, chairperson of DCW.
Senior police officials said children are the vulnerable target of abusers as the victims usually fail to identify the accused and they easily escape. Crime analysis showed that in most of the cases, the abusers had managed to gain the trust of the kids before committing the crime. Also, in most of the child abuse cases, it has been revealed that the accused were known to the victim.
Speaking to Mail Today, Nitisha, a child rights activist said mostly such incidents remain unreported. ‘If all the cases were reported, then crime record would shoot up.’
Sources in National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said about 53% of children surveyed, confessed to having faced sexual abuse in some form or the other in their lifetime.
How safe are children in India?
The National Policy for Children, 1974 declared children a “supreme national asset.” But, the last survey by the government on child abuse revealed that nearly 70 percent children faced physical abuse and about 50 percent were sexually abused.
The recent gruesome murder of a 7-year-old boy in the Ryan International School at Gurgaon in Delhi was enough frightening news for all parents.
The group that manages Ryan International has more than 300 schools across 18 states in the country and abroad. The attempted sexual assault and murder of the class II boy at Gurgaon is the second shocking crime reported from the Ryan International school premises in Delhi-NCR. Last year, another child (6-year-old) died of drowning in the Ryan International School’s water tank at its Vasant Kunj campus in Delhi.
There have been several reports of child abuse in schools from all over the country. However, there is no specific law passed by Parliament to deal with the crime against children in schools.
The True Picture of India
Child abuse has many forms: physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, and exploitation. Any of these that are potentially or actually harmful to a child’s health, survival, dignity, and development is abuse. Child abuse in India is often a hidden phenomenon especially when it happens in the home or by family members.
Intra-family abuse or abuse that takes place in institutions such as schools or government homes has received minimal attention. This may be due to the structure of family in India and the role children have in this structure. Children in India are often highly dependent on their parents and elders; they continue to have submissive and obedient roles towards their parents even after they have moved out of their parental home. This belief that parents and family are the sole caretakers of the child has proved to have negative effects on child protection laws and strategies.
Numbers of cases of child abuse in the home are hard to attain because most of these crimes go unreported. Societal abuses that are a result of poverty such as malnutrition, lack of education, poor health, neglect, etc are recognized in various forms by the Indian legal system. But India does not have a law that protects children against abuse in the home. Mal-treatment of caregivers has the potential to emotionally and mentally harm children to a very different degree.
While returning home form your work schedule when you spend your precious hours by stuck at the traffic jam, by holding your phone in hand and the poor kid stares at you with this hope that you may give him few bucks. Because the poor kid has been ordered by his senior gang that at anyhow he must collect that much-said amount from that particular area and until he will handover that said amount to his senior, he will not be allowed to have any food for that day.
Yes, this is how their life is going on, now if we wish then we can stop this system or child crime by many ways which we all know but unfortunately, we cant find out the way to act for that noble cause.
India is waiting for our Awakening
Now after my highlighting the worst conditions of our nation’s children many peoples will think ‘whats new in that – as every day, we come to see such painful news in all news channels and newspaper. Surely I’m saying nothing new for you may be but I as an INDIAN can do many such things which I think you also can do in your daily life and for which you shouldn’t wait for another 364 days when the calendar will tell you today is 14th November and you must gift some chocolate to a poor roadside kid because you want to share that pics to your social media by gaining the generosity from others and surely the voting of LIKE.
Sorry friends! Stop doing all these show-offs because now we all turned so materialistic that our self-esteem also doesn’t shrink in front of that poor kid who doesn’t know what is the significance of 14th November and why you giving him the chocolate on that particular day because when next day on 15th Novembethe same poor kid after seeing you while crossing the zebra crossing at traffic point will stretch his hand towards you with this hope that you may give him chocolate again and exactly at that moment you very smartly avoid him by showing your business with your android then where has your ethics gone?
YOU CAN DO MANY THINGS
- You are spending your uncountable hours in the traffic jam every day then why not spend 15 minutes with a poor kid every day?
- You can easily spend Rs.5 on a poor kid by giving him a Parle-G biscuit, don’t give them chocolate because their hunger needs more in quantity than that small chocolate bite instead give them a bread or biscuit or a fruit or a full plate meal of simple (roti and daal) bread and curry.
- Give your used clothes and nursery books to the kid for his usage so that at least he begins to learn the alphabets.
- Keep eyes on that particular poor child so that you can measure the improvement of that poor child.
- Don’t ever give money in the hand of poor kids because that money will be snatch by his elders instead, feed him a cake, biscuit, bread or fruit.
- The poor kid will not ask you as per his choice able items so you have that freedom of spending money on his food and he will surely enjoy that food with his utmost satisfaction.
- Spend your 15 minutes with that orphan poor kid who is really in need of that particular one hand of love and care, maybe your hand is waiting for that orphan.
- Don’t rely on the third party for the noble cause of donation like the NGO because who knows where your donation goes its a total uncertainty instead believe on self-action and starts to help a particular poor orphan kid and see the result after a year because charity begins from home.
Don’t feed a poor child once in a year on 14th November, because its a common practice to distribute gifts like clothes, toys, and books to orphan children on this day, instead, feed a roadside beggar kid every day then only in real mean you are celebrating Children’s Day and then only You can proudly say with loud that yes, I’M A TRUE INDIAN. One more thing don’t do it with the intent of gaining voting for Like. Do it for your own MIND SATISFACTION, HEART SATISFACTION & SOUL SATISFACTION, then you will surely satisfy your NATION with utmost pride of holding the emblem of a TRUE INDIAN. Save the child’s future then you will save the Nation and also can save your self-esteem