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Little justice for juveniles

By Sriranjini Vadiraj

Children picked up for theft and assault are lodged at observation homes. Children in need of care and protection, including runaways, end up here too. What are the conditions in these homes? Has the Juvenile Justice Act passed eight years ago made any difference? This article finds out

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The hi-tech seeds of child labour

By Sujata Madhok

The fallout of Bt cotton cultivation in Gujarat has been a rapid increase in acreage under cotton, a spurt in cotton exports and consequently, a huge demand for child labourers from neighbouring states

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Children speak up

By Monideepa Sahu

The Karnataka government has passed an order making it mandatory for panchayats in the state to offer children a platform to voice their concerns and problems, through special children's gram sabhas

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Children as chattel

By Shelley Seale

Ashikul Islam and Sahiful Mondal are child labourers who today live at Muktaneer, a home for destitute boys in Kolkata. They are the lucky ones who found a refuge and rehabilitation, and went on to make an award-winning film. There are over 44 million child labourers in India

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On the streets where they live?...

By Neeta Lal

Delhi enjoys India's highest per capita income and lowest percentage of people living below the poverty line. Yet Delhi ranks first among 35 other cities in crimes against children. A recent survey reveals the exploitation and abuse suffered by Delhi's 5 million working and street children

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The missing face of AIDS

By Shelley Seale

Yesu Babu of Vambay Colony in Vijayawada is 12. He has lost both his parents to AIDS. His younger brother is positive. There are almost 2 million AIDS orphans like him in India. But the national and global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in India has virtually ignored children

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Giving children a voice in the media

By Kavita Ratna

Children are often said to be the 'future' of the country. The fact is they are citizens today. The media must provide space for children's expressions, needs and rights. It must draw up guidelines for the representation of children to prevent sensationalism, exploitation and invasion of privacy

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CSOs demand a more comprehensive child marriage bill

By Rashme Sehgal

CSOs protest the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006, which places the onus of declaring a child marriage void on the child herself or her parents, and scarcely goes further than the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929

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'Donors are stuck in sympathy mode': Ingrid Srinath

By Lisa Batiwalla

CRY, which has just changed its nomenclature from Child Relief and You to Child Rights and You, is trying to bring about an attitudinal change to children's issues, from charity-focused to issue-based support. It has also changed its approach to middle class citizens -- from merely asking them to write out a cheque to getting them to volunteer to advocate the cause of child rights, says Ingrid Srinath, CEO of CRY

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Child abuse in Mumbai: A tourist's report

By Neil Carless

Young, sick infants are carted around in polystyrene boxes and produced to extract money from sympathetic tourists. This South Mumbai scam is perpetrated right under the noses of the local police

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India is home to the largest number of AIDS orphans in the world

By Aditi Sen

Children in HIV/AIDS-affected households begin to suffer even before a parent or caregiver has died. Household income plummets, schooling is interrupted and many children are forced to work or care for a sick parent. But India has no national policy to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on children in particular

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Children on the mean streets of Chennai

By Sumithra Thangavelu

Unprecedented rains in Chennai over the last few months have destroyed the homes and possessions of hundreds of poor slum and pavement-dwellers. The worst-affected are children

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The problem of child labour intensifies in UP's carpet belt

By Rashme Sehgal

The campaign against child labour began in the carpet belt of Uttar Pradesh in the late-1970s. Three decades on, what has changed? Our correspondent travelled through the Mirzapur-Bhadohi belt, where children are hard at work making tufted carpets for the global market

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Back to school

By Freny Manecksha

Part of a campaign to eliminate child labour in five districts of Maharashtra, the staff of Tandulwadi's government school and the local community have transformed the school and lured dropouts and child labourers back into its cheerful classrooms

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Sting operation to find 'missing' girl-child

By Durga Chandran

Sting operations are not conducted by the media and law-enforcement agencies alone. The Satara-based CSO, Dalit Mahila Vikas Mandal, has nabbed seven doctors red-handed for violating the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and revealing the sex of foetuses

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Delhi's skewed sex ratio: "24,000 girls go missing every year"

By Rashme Sehgal

Delhi's sex ratio has become more and more skewed over the years. One study of families which already have one or more daughters shows just 219 girls being born for every 1,000 boys

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Semi-literate, and saving lives

By Freny Manecksha

Nine months ago, in one of India's least-developed districts, Malika was born, premature and underweight, with pneumonia, umbilical sepsis and hypothermia. This is the story of how she survived, thanks to the efforts of village health worker Gandhara Bhagde

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Children of the sea

By Freny Manecksha

For weeks after the tsunami, children in the fishing villages around Chennai displayed signs of trauma, and viewed the sea that had engulfed their homes and disrupted their lives with fear. Four months after the disaster, they're returning to school, and returning also, to the giving sea

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Rehabilitating children: Adoption is not the answer

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara

In Gujarat, the government banned the adoption of children orphaned by the quake. In Orissa after the supercyclone, women and orphaned children were housed in Mamta Grihas within villages. After the tsunami, the adoption of orphaned children is being seriously discussed, even though it's clear that children flourish in their own cultural context

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On the road with village health workers

By Freny Manecksha

Ankur, a home-based neo-natal care programme based on the acclaimed SEARCH model, is operative in 11 villages of Osmanabad district in Maharashtra. The programme is making a tangible difference to the health of infants and mothers. Freny Manecksha goes on night calls through the twisting lanes of Chauhanwadi with two village health workers

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