child rights

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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Maneka Gandhi

Order an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse in India #EndTheIsolation

 I was 10 when I was sexually abused. Men who I had dearly trusted had violated me. The violation became a part of my life. It continued. Later on, as I grew up confused about love, men, and the pain inside me, I realised, what happened to me, was called ‘Child Sexual Abuse.’ The knowing should have freed me. Instead, it sent me deeper into isolation. I carried my world in my head, and for some time it did work in protecting me, but in the process also alienated people around me. As a filmmaker, stories became my refuge. They moved, inspired, and had the power to bring together strangers. Over the years, I met many more survivors living a life of penance for a crime they had not committed. One of them was my husband. “I was sexually abused at the age of 5, by a trusted caretaker. The abuse went on for a month. Most times it lasted for a few minutes. The memories though, live in me forever.”  My husband and I have lived through an extremely painful process of coming to terms with our abuse. His, and the other stories I had heard from friends I knew, made me realise that even men can get sexually abused. Millions of men are living an isolated life of pain endured as children. Then why were their stories never told? The government’s 2007 study on child abuse reports that a shocking 53.2% of children say they have experienced one or more form of sexual abuse. Of this number, 52.9% are boys. Boys of all ages, and of all backgrounds, across locations and states, report that they have experienced sexual abuse.  It is quite unfortunate that while on one hand, a girl’s sexual abuse is scorned, and looked at as a serious crime, most men are pressurised by society to pass off their sexual abuse as a rite of passage. Sexual exploitation by older boys is often misinterpreted as Sexual Exploration and hence younger boys feel obligated to hide it. Many a time, I have also come across people who refuse to believe that boys can get raped. Men are ridiculed, their sexual orientation is questioned, and the pressure to live up to the façade of society’s macho image, weighs in so heavy, that ultimately the only way out, is to live a life within. There is hardly any attention given to male child sexual abuse by the government. As a mother of a 17 year old boy, I strongly believe that no male is born aggressive, violent, or insensitive to women. It is an acquired behaviour, learnt from the people around them. That’s why I started this petition asking the Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi to do an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse. A study on this topic might help us get insights on how we can prevent the use of violence in this society. It might also help us curb the growth of sexual violence in men at its onset. Research will help shed light on male mindsets, and certain hidden aspects of the long term effects of sexual abuse on men.  The POCSO laws might merely act as a platform to punish sexual predators, but conviction rates are extremely low. What about the numerous cases out there, which are not yet addressed? What about the millions of boys, who have lived with the pain, and perhaps gone on to unleash their pain on other helpless victims? Why is it that till date we have invested so much in the cure but so little in prevention?  Sign my petition and ask the Women & Child development ministry to take the first step to end sexual violence against children & *women.  

insia dariwala
122,639 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Nikki Haley, United Nations, Narendra Modi, Theresa May MP, Justin Trudeau, President of the United States

Childhood Statelessness should be declared Torture and No Separating Siblings and Families

Childhood statelessness has been around for centuries and has been even recognized as torture by a sitting US Supreme Court Judge and Human Rights groups but yet no international body will declare it as torture. It's time to solve centuries old wrong, lets begin anew for tomorrow - with innocent children of today. There are millions of children made stateless every year. We ask the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) to declare childhood statelessness as torture. UN already has the "I, Belong" program, the USA has laws like Girls Count Act (also boys), India has Save the Girl Child, and almost every civilized country has a similar program. In spirit, we are asking for the SAME things which these laws are asking within their own nations but we want the same protections across international borders for any child. No one wants to be born stateless, it happens. Now, let us move forward. Stateless = Loss of freedom UnStateless = Freedom Which side are you on in a civilized world? I can assure you whatever it is that floats your boat every morning to wake up — be it your family, your children, your work, equal rights, human rights, child rights, women rights, etc, etc — DEFENDING a stateless girl child and sister and her social, ethical, moral, legal, medical issues COVERS 90–95% of whatever it is you are waking up for everyday. We request and pray for the help of the unaffected majority to come to our help and support to end this discrimination and all it needs is a "stroke of a pen" by a person in power. If as a global community, we support the Kimberley Process for "conflict-free" blood diamonds, is there an equivalent process for "conflict-free" stateless and international Surrogacy born children? Is the absence of such an international policy creating "blood children/siblings" embroiled in conflict of childhood statelessness? Childhood Statelessness is a legal paperwork issue and in most cases the victim - an innocent child is almost NEVER at fault nor created the situation but are left to deal with the complex torturous situation. Its a matter of "stroke of a pen" from a person of authority. Typically, childhood stateless survivors are already exploited without their consent. Whether fleeing terrorists with their parents or displaced in-place or left behind by an adult or lacking proper adoption records in international cases, there are so many different ways a child can become stateless. Why not help? The legal labyrinth is confusing enough for well-intentioned adults, how would a child with no or minimal resources navigate? A legal identity gets a child access to education, access to benefits, healthcare, a passport and ability to travel and explore the world, its FREEDOM and so on. Lack of an identity is a domino effect and a small lie if caught can even setup vicious circumstances even in adulthood creating more torture. We are asking for the same protection as afforded within national boundaries like US, Canada, UK, India, even UN with its "I, Belong" campaign and any civilized nation already has such laws on its books. We are asking that the UNSRT recognize childhood statelessness as torture just like they have recognized other conditions where the survivor/victims are innocent and in this case they are also children with a bright future ahead!

GirlCounts Modi
113 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Prakash Javdekar, Arvind Kejriwal, Anil Swaroop, Manish Sisodia

Central law to regulate fee hike across private schools in India

Schools have turned education into a business Private Schools are hiking their fees every year! From 15% to 25% and sometimes as high as 200%. No reasons given ,no consent taken. So where is all the money going? Clearly not where it matters the most as has been exposed by increasing incidents like the latest Ryan school tragedy. This Profiteering and commercialisation of education must stop. As a mother I have been struggled with the fee hikes myself. As a lawyer I have been fighting court cases on behalf of these aggrieved parents. The Supreme Court in 2004 had directed all state governments to enact a fee regulation act and constitute a fee regulation committee. Despite several such SC judgements only some states like Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Punjab, Gujarat Haryana and Rajasthan have enacted the act so far. However every state has a different fee regulation act. They have shortcomings which have come in the way of their proper implementation.  Education is the responsibility of both the Centre and the States. The Central government must act now because states have failed in trying to curb this growing racket. That’s why I started this petition asking the Education Minister, Prakash Javadekar, to introduce a law to regulate fee hikes across all private schools in India. The MHRD can intervene in two ways: 1. Make an amendment in RTE act and include provision for regulation of Fees. Appoint a committee at the central level (central free regulatory committee)and state level (State fee regulatory committee). The committee at the central level should be an appellate body. 2. Make a separate legislation with stringent provisions for fee regulation. Under this there can be a fee regulatory bodies both at the central, state and the district level. a. The state and district committees should be empowered to look into the accounts of the schools and trusts to check for any profiteering and commercial activities.b. The committee should be able to penalise any school found to be charging excess fees. The excess amount should be refunded to parents.c. For fee revision it must be mandatory for schools to submit their proposal and justify the hike. d. Schools should not be allowed to collect fees till their accounts have been verified by these committees. The verification should be displayed on the school notice board e. Parents should be able to approach these committees in case of fee disputes or complaints Government intervention is the need of the hour to ensure that education does not become a tool to siphon off money. School should be free to set their fee structure provided it is reasonable and not amounting to profiteering. I therefore request the HRD minister to step in and bring about the much needed reform and consider this proposal for enacting a central legislation or to amend RTE act.

Anubha Sahai
202,468 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri Manish Sisodia, Shri Upendra Kushwaha

Stop Schools from De-Registering Students With Low Grades/Marks

Should schools be allowed to deregister students because they got low grades/marks in their classes? Many schools tell parents to take their child to some other schools because their child got low marks/grades. This practice is rampant in 8th and 10th classes. The reasons for schools adopting such practices could be many including: the school wants to ensure good 10th and 12th results  students weak in studies requires more effort from the faculty  the schools could get new students for seats emptied by such students The schools adopting such practices are unmindful of the trauma inflicted on the child, whose self-esteem is crushed, who is burdened with a loser-stigma and is scarred for life. Having studied in a school for many years, now such students are forced to look for another school that will take them in. The pleas of distraught parents of such students are of no avail and are left with no choice but to desperately search for new school for their child lest they lose a precious year in their child’s study. Is it then any surprise to see the increasing cases of depression among children as young as 12 years and many even resorting to extreme steps like committing suicides. This petition seeks the Hon. Minister HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar, Dy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia and the Hon Minister of State for HRD Shri Upendra Kushwaha to: Frame clear guidelines to ensure that schools do not deregister students for low grades/marks Setup dedicated panel to look into such incidents Launch awareness campaign to educate students and parents of recourse available in such instances Signing this petition will help countless young children avoid such traumas and demonstrate to the authorities the urgent need for immediate steps to be taken to stop schools from deregistering students just because they got low grades/marks.

FairGaze Team
143 supporters