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Budget 2019: A mixed bag of sops for children Analysis by HAQ Center for Child Rights

The government of India presented its budged for 2019-2020 on July 5, and the share of children in this budget stands at a mere 3.2 percent. Another cause of worry is the cut back in allocations to schemes that deal with the ordeals of child labourers. Here’s an analysis of the budget by the HAQ…

KHOJ: Rights and Duties CJP's Educational Program for a Plural India

This session is expected to evolve a lasting understanding and grasp within young minds of what his/her rights are as an individual. Our Rights and Teachers Rights, Rights and Responsibilities and Rights and Duties. A critical part of the discussions involve discussing those rights. This module consists of three exercises. Each child is given this…

Almost half of all children with cancer are not diagnosed or treated: Study

According to a study published in the Lancet Oncology journal, nearly half of all children with cancer worldwide are not diagnosed or treated, the Guardian reported. The study indicates that the children’s location has an effect: an estimated 57% of childhood cancer cases were missed in western Africa; this figure was 49% in South Asia,…

Effects of conflict could be killing 300 babies per day: Save the Children

According to recent a Save the Children report released earlier this month, “starvation, disease and a lack of aid” may be resulting in the deaths of 300 babies per day in conflict zones around the globe, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. The organisation analysed United Nations data from 2013-2017. Save the Children stated in its…

Mother found guilty of FGM in historic case in Britain

On Friday, February 1, a Ugandan mother from London was convicted of “subjecting her 3-year-old daughter to female genital mutilation…in Britain’s first conviction for FGM,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. FGM was made illegal in the country more than thirty years ago. The woman, who for legal reasons must remain unidentified, could be sentenced to…

Bhanwari Devi: A Tale of Courage Human Rights Defender

This is the story of Human rights defender Bhanwari Devi who changed the course of the law. Over the years, she has won several awards for her exceptional courage. She continues to live in Bhateri Rajasthan, still carrying on her work as a ‘saathin’.       Related: Damodar Turi’s battle in Jharkhand

Australia issues apology to victims of child sexual abuse

The Australian government has issued a formal apology to child sexual abuse victims after a five-year investigation found that multiple organisations, including governments, schools, churches, and charities, “for decades failed to keep children safe,” the Guardian reported. Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke in the House of Representatives on Monday, October 22, with victim, survivors, families…

Five million children in Yemen at risk of famine: Save the Children

International NGO Save the Children has cautioned that five million children in Yemen are under threat due to potential famine, CNN reported. According to UAE state media, on Tuesday, September 18, the Saudi-led coalition mounted a campaign to retake the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, that is held by the Houthi rebels. According to Save…

Death of 10-year-old Somali girl triggers country’s first FGM prosecution

Somalia’s Attorney General, Ahmed Ali Dahir, has announced the country’s first prosecution over FGM, after a 10-year-old girl haemorrhaged to death after undergoing a traditional cutting in mid-July 2018, the Guardian reported. At a conference on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Dahir said that a team of ten investigators had been dispatched…

More than 10,000 children killed or maimed due to conflict in 2017: UN Syria and DRC among places with maximum number of verified violations

The recently published Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict from the United Nations Secretary-General has revealed that, in 2017, “there was a large increase in the number of violations compared with the number reported for 2016”. The report notes that there were “at least 6,000 verified violations by government forces and more than 15,000 by a…

Norway approves ban on all child marriage

On Tuesday, May 22, the Norwegian parliament voted unanimously for a law banning all child marriage, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. Norway has a minimum age of 18, but permits those aged 16 and 17 to wed provided they have parental consent and permission from the county governor. A government spokeswoman said that very few people…

Sofiya Khatun's case

SC order on transferring Kathua Case outside J&K Read complete SC Order here

On May 7, 2018, the Indian Supreme Court issued an order directing that the Kathua gang-rape and murder case be transferred outside Jammu and Kashmir. The case where an eight year old Muslim Bakarwal girl was kidnapped, drugged, raped and murdered in Kathua in Jammu in January, will now be heard by a District Judge in…

Sofiya Khatun's case

SC transfers Kathua rape and murder case from J&K to Punjab District Judge to conduct day-to-day hearings without adjournments, SC will monitor trial

In a welcome development in the Kathua rape and murder case, the Supreme Court has transferred the case to a court in Pathankot, Punjab. The trial will be conducted on a day-to-day basis and the SC will monitor the trial. This is significant given concerns that the accused in the case could use their political clout…

Death Penalty for Child Rape: Knee Jerk Reaction or Careful Political Manoeuvre? Was the Ordinance passed with an eye on elections?

Riding on the outrage generated in wake of the horrific details of minor Kathua girl becoming public, the BJP government has passed an ordinance on death penalty and other stringent punishments for people who rape minors. Not only is this a regressive step but also this move is nowhere close to yielding the desirable results. This measure is only…

How Kathua’s Horror Story Unfolded In this video CJP attempts to put together all facts of the incident

The brutal gangrape and murder of an eight year old girl in Jammu and brazen attempt to defend the perpetrators shocked everybody in India. The Crime Branch chargesheet says that it was an attempt to drive Muslim Bakarwals out of the area.   Related: Outrage spills outside Kathua and Unnao Implement FRA to empower Bakarwals…

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