There is no ‘minimum age’ entitling children to human rights. They are people even before they are born. Among all people in India today, nearly 4 in every 10 are children, aged below 18. But our national investment in the survival, security and well-being of each one of them does not match their entitlement to the best of care, respect and protection.
The international definition of ‘violence’ lists neglect and negligence as forms of violence. So a major challenge for childhoods in our country is the absence of caring attention.
To address this, honestly and practically a country strategy meeting was convened on 28th September 2018, New Delhi for the formation of a strategic planning group. Vijayashankar, National Coordinator of Juvenile Justice Alliance (JJA) took part in this meeting which identified key priorities, drew up an advocacy agenda, and triggered a collective promotion initiative to organise and hold a national country meeting in late November.
One practical aim and output of the day this meeting was to draw up a statement of priorities for attention, and to provide that to decision-makers and influencers. As part of that aim, it will be also sent to the NHRC’s Silver Jubilee International Human Rights Conclave, being held on 1st October.