child rights

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Petition to Santosh Gangwar, Rajeev Gowda, Maneka Gandhi, Deepak Kumar

#AllKidsNeedParents: Give Equal Parental Leaves to Adoptive Parents

When my children and I go out for a walk, nobody can tell that my daughter is adopted and my son is my biological child. Two-year-old Inaya doesn’t let anyone scold her brother Lakshya. And eight-year-old Lakshya always remembers to ask for more candy for his sister when he gets some. Inaya rules our family and her laughter echoes in our home all the time. But things were not like this when we brought her home, six months ago. She was a quiet child who wouldn’t utter a word even though she had already started speaking by then. I didn’t see her smile for at least 15 days. She was terrified. Her caretakers and friends at the orphanage had been her family for her entire one-and-half-year-long life. She didn’t even know to call me “Mumma”. Instead, for two months, she called me “Didi”, like her caretakers at the orphanage. This child needed my attention and I was lucky because the organisation where I worked gave me four months of parental leave. I experienced her milestones as she grew: The first time she smiled, the first time she called me “Aeeee Didi” and the first time she laughed out loud. I was there to hold her when she missed her orphanage family and cried. I was there for afternoon naps, and evening walks. But most importantly, I was there to help her understand that I was her mother. Not everybody is as lucky as me. My friends Neha and Sharad struggled to get adoption leave. This has to change! Sign my petition to get the Minister for Labour and Employment to provide equal parental leaves to adoptive parents. The currently existing Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act sets the stage for discrimination against adoptive parents and adopted children. Under the existing act, only a parent who adopts a child of less than three months of age gets maternity leaves. Given the process of adoption, it is very rare to get a child of less than three months of age. And when a parent adopts an older child, they need just as much patience and attention to help them deal with the changes in their lives. Without the support of the Maternity Benefits Act, any leave is left to the employer’s discretion. Adoptive parents have to negotiate unpaid leave and risk their jobs to take time off from work when their child comes home. Single parents are in an even more precarious position because they are the sole providers of the family and need to take on higher risk. Recently, the Central Adoption Resources Authority (CARA) decided to give preference to single women over the age of 40 as potential adoptive parents. This decision further underlines the need to cover all adoptive mothers under India’s maternity benefits. And because most organisations don't offer paternity leave benefits, single adoptive fathers must be included as well. Unequal maternity benefits for adoption reinforce biases against adopted children. Both the children and parents involved in an adoption need mental and emotional support in the initial months. The Indian government’s parental benefits must show that it treats adoption at par with childbirth. Please sign my petition so together we can make sure that all children and parents are treated equally because #AllKidsNeedParents.

Deepika Ahuja
18,200 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to John Stanford, João Fonseca

Immediately include mineral leases in IPSASB-13 Leases

In most sovereign nations, sub-soil minerals are owned by the state. The minerals are a part of the “commons” – assets owned ultimately by the citizens. The problem we face is that the IMF, UN & IPSASB (International Public Sectior Acccounting Standards Board) standards for government accounting, statistics and disclosure treat receipts from minerals as “windfall revenues” rather than “capital receipts on account of the sale of a non-renewable natural resource asset.” Specifically, IPSAS-13 - Leases, is currently being reviewed. This standard currently excludes mineral leases. Our campaign is to include mineral leases within IPSAS-13, and if necessary, converge with IFRS 6, Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources This is a major accounting anomaly, similar to the funding of pension liabilities on a pay-as-you-go basis, but with even bigger and more dangerous implications. The World Development Indicators show that the total energy and mineral depletion that occurred between 1970 and 2013 amounts to $27 trillion. Much of the receipts from this has been already spent or consumed, aided in part by government accounting for mineral receipts as revenues instead of their actual status – sale of an asset. In this note prepared by Goa Foundation, they explain how a) there are two competing metaphors for mineral receipts in those contexts where governments own the minerals – “windfall revenue” and “sale of common trust assets”; b) the origins of these metaphors; c) how “windfall revenue” drives many resource curse and broader global issues; d) how the use of the “common trust asset” metaphor would alleviate a whole range of resource curse issues while enabling the clinching of SDGs, and even perhaps create a path towards solving the environmental crisis. The note discusses the incredible scale of real world negative outcomes, compares government with private sector accounting, the relationship with natural capital accounting, and concludes with a set of recommendations. In the light of the issues raised in the note, we feel it is necessary to petition the IPSASB to urgently move to adopt a common trust asset approach towards the accounting, statistical and disclosure standards for minerals. In particular, it is our moral duty to take the opportunity provided by the current review of IPSAS-13 - Leases. It is clear – given the $27 trillion of public funds involved – that the Resource Curse is possibly the single largest issue facing resource-rich states and nations. This is more than an accounting issue. Properly speaking, it is an ethical and moral issue. It is deeply linked to whether we can as human beings change our current mindset for a better way of handling these assets. It is also directly connected to the persistent extreme poverty and growing inequality the world has experienced in the past half century. We therefore earnestly request the IPSASB to reconsider and review your standards and guidance for mineral receipts to help resource-rich countries and their people to break/dispel the curse, which has its origins, at least in part, in faulty government accounting. The problem is huge – billions of people suffer from the resource curse – and the suggested change is tiny in comparison. Lives are at stake.

The Future We Need
149 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, MINISTRY OF WOMEN & CHILD DEVELOPMENT, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, National Human Rights Commission

Save Children from false accusations of the Domestic Violence

1         National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, 5th Floor, Chanderlok Building, 36 Janpath, New Delhi-110001   2      Ministry of Women & Child Development Shastri Bhawan New Delhi,110001   3      Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi – 110001     4      Ministry of Law and Justice, 4th Floor, A-Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001   5      National Human Rights Commission, Manav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C, GPO Complex, INA, New Delhi - 110023 Sub: Save Children from false accusations of the Domestic Violence Sir, 1      The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in HIRAL P. HARSORA AND ORS VERSUS KUSUM NAROTTAMDAS HARSORA CIVIL APPEAL NO. 10084 of 2016 (ARISING OUT OF SLP (CIVIL) NO. 9132 OF 2015) Para 46. “We, therefore, set aside the impugned judgment of the Bombay High Court and declare that the words “adult male” in Section 2(q) of the 2005 Act will stand deleted since these words do not square with Article 14 of the Constitution of India. Consequently, the proviso to Section 2(q), being rendered otiose, also stands deleted…..”   2      Hither to, Section 2(q) of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, (hereinafter referred to as “DV Act”) defined as 2 (q) “respondent” means any adult male person who is, or has been, in a domestic relationship with the aggrieved person and against whom the aggrieved person has sought any relief under this Act: Provided that an aggrieved wife or female living in a relationship in the nature of a marriage may also file a complaint against a relative of the husband or the male partner.   2             The striking of the ‘ADULT MALE” by the Hon’ble Apex court, surely amplified & widened the zone of ‘Respondent” , as aggrieved woman can seek various reliefs , under provisions of the DV Act, against the Respondent by invoking the provisions of the aforesaid Act. The proceedings under section 12, 18,19,21,22 & 23 are governed by the code of criminal Procedure which is explicitly defined in section 28 of DV Act-2005 “28 Procedure.— (1) Save as otherwise provided in this Act, all proceedings under sections 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 and offences under section 31 shall be governed by the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974). (2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall prevent the court from laying down its own procedure for disposal of an application under section 12 or under sub-section (2) of section 23.”   3      Section 31 of DV Act explicates penal provision for the breach of protection order or of interim protection order which shall be punishable for period of 1 year and as per Section 32(2) of DV Act, the sole testimony of the aggrieved woman, the court may conclude that offence may have been committed by the Respondent.   4      The striking of Adult Male by the Hon’ble Supreme Court under definition section 2 (q) of DV Act-2005, will now make the provisions more vulnerable against the children, who may now become Respondents as well as accused at the instance of the complaint made by the woman. The Children who could be new born, infants, toddlers, pre school age, school age and pre adolescent children will all come within the definition of the “Respondent”, which means they now too have to face the domestic case proceedings at their home town and most likely at different home place, if woman files the cases at her home town 5      The inception of Domestic Violence case proceedings against the minor children by the aggrieved woman, will jeopardize their studies, causing social , emotional and mental stigma, affecting social, physical and mental health and thus affects their emotional, social and physical development which will also prejudiced the interest of the child welfare 6      The following news paper clippings/press releases clearly elucidates that prior to the apex court order, the minor children has also been incriminated in marital discord between couples News Clipping Baby Got bail 21/06/2009 news published in Mid Day, Mumbai Baby Got bail-in which Two-month-old gets dragged into a dowry harassment case filed by her father's first wife. In a case straight out of Ripley's Believe It Or Not, the Mumbai Sessions court last Wednesday (June 17, 2009) granted anticipatory bail for what must have been their youngest applicant ever a two-month-old baby… The above article can be downloaded by visiting the following undermentioned link   II      Seven-yr-old faces dowry charges Published On: May 26, 2007 A seven-year-old has been charged in a dowry case in Bihar. Santosh, a class four student has paid the price for a crime he did not commit.   III     2- and 4-year-olds accused in domestic violence PlaintBy Hemanth KashyapHemanth Kashyap, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Dec 28, 2014, 04.00 AM IST A woman lodged a domestic violence complaint not only against her estranged husband and his family but also against his sister's two children, aged two and four. On May 8, barely 10 days after getting married to 34-year-old Umesh G M, a senior software engineer with IBM, 22-year-old Hamsavani allegedly ran away with her boyfriend. Acting on a missing complaint filed by Umesh, police traced Hamsavani and her boyfriend to a lodge in Madikeri. She claimed to have married her boyfriend Nanda Kumar while Umesh approached the court to invalidate his marriage with Hamsavani. Five months after the family drama, the case took a new twist. Hamsavani lodged a domestic violence case against Umesh, his parents, five sisters, including two kids aged 2 and 4, with Tiptur police in Tumakuru. Before this, she lodged a dowry harassment complaint with the Subhramanyapura police. The case later got transferred to the Ulsoor Gate police station. In her complaint with Tiptur police, Hamsavani wrote, "On May 18 we all went to a nearby mall and the family started harassing me. They assaulted and threatened me." She mentioned Umesh's sisters, their husbands and two children in the complaint. "The children of Devika (Umesh's sister) also joined in unison to harass me out of the blue. They stopped talking to me and left me all alone," she wrote   7      The Apex court order now encourages and emancipates aggrieved persons to name the every minor children of their household  in their complaint for taking vengeance against the Husband or any family member. Thus, there is great feasibility that minor children are used as scape goat, and they too have to suffer litigation, trauma and trial for dispute between the aggrieved person and Respondents over any of the issues as laid down under the act , which is going to be very catastrophic to children welfare and interest 8      Thus, in the light of view, it is highly appreciable that appropriate guidelines/or amendments may needs to be proposed to exempt the children from Domestic proceedings as well as all of the proceedings which relates to marital as well as of the family disputes for securing their healthy future Thanking you, Yours Sincerely YOGESH MAHAJAN   

yogesh mahajan
246 supporters
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Petition to KeSCPCR (Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights), Prof. C Ravindranath, Shri. K. V. Mohankumar IAS, Shri. A. Shajahan IAS

Make Personal Safety Education (PSE) Compulsory in Kerala Govt Schools #TeachKidsSafety

I was riding my scooter when a flashback of having been sexually abused came into my mind for the hundredth time. The next thing I knew, I was lying flat on the road and my right leg was under my scooter. From the age of 3 to 14 the people who have sexually abused me include a domestic help, a family member, a shopkeeper and a doctor. I only realized it was called ‘child sexual abuse’ when I turned nineteen.  The multiple incidents of abuse affected my physical health status, my academic life, my self-confidence and my emotional well-being. I felt confused, sad, ashamed, guilty, restless and lost for years.  Don't we as a society want to protect our children from all this?  This is not just my story. One out every two children has been sexually abused in India which is the country with the world’s largest number of child sexual abuse cases (WCD 2007, NCRB) and the abusers are often the people we trust, the people with whom we think our children will be safe.  To battle this, I got myself trained as a Personal Safety Educator and have been training school children about how to recognize, resist and report abuse. But to reach every single child, the government needs to implement this.  I am asking the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) and the Minister of Education Prof. C. Ravindranath to order that all government schools in Kerala introduce Personal Safety Education (PSE) compulsory training for students, parents, teachers, and staff. This can easily be achieved since these sessions need to be conducted only about once or twice a year based on the school’s needs. I choose Kerala because once we form a model state for this (Bangalore and Meghalaya are places which have already begun), other states and schools will follow the lead. The Kerala State Policy for Child (KSPC) 2016 already mentions that the State wishes to provide abuse awareness and life skills sessions to children and adolescents. Introducing Personal Safety Education (PSE) can achieve both these goals since it covers both life skills and personal safety lessons.   Every 15 minutes a child in India is sexually abused as per the latest study by CRY. Sign my petition to ensure children grow up in a safer world. 

Mariam Rauf
38,885 supporters