Orphaned children must be a policy priority

Synopsis – COVID pandemic has been a nightmare, especially for orphaned children due to the deadly second wave. Government intervention is needed to help alleviate problems related to orphan care in India. Introduction Even before the COVID pandemic, society generally ignored orphan children and their problems. People were discriminatory towards them. Their socio-economic condition, and multiple… Continue reading Orphaned children must be a policy priority

Legal and moral issues in Tarun Tejpal Case

Synopsis: The Tarun Tejpal acquittal in sexual harassment cases is based on preconceived notions of court and victim shaming. This decision involves legal and moral issues. It will deter women from fighting crimes against them. Background: Tarun Tejpal is a former editor of a news magazine, who was charged with sexually assaulting an employee in… Continue reading Legal and moral issues in Tarun Tejpal Case

“PENCIL Portal” to Report Instances of Child Labour

What is the News? Union Minister of Women and Child Development appealed to citizens to report the instances of Child Labour on the PENCIL Portal or by calling on Childline-1098. This appeal came on World Day Against Child Labour. About PENCIL Portal: PENCIL Portal stands for Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour. Purpose: It… Continue reading “PENCIL Portal” to Report Instances of Child Labour

“Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

What is the news? “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward” report has been released by International Labour Organization and UNICEF. What is Child labour? As per ILO, Child labour is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to their physical… Continue reading “Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

Why foster care in India needs to be expanded?

Synopsis: Foster care is a feasible, suitable substitute to adoption and institutional care in light of the trouble being faced by Covid-19 orphans. Introduction  Orphaned children in the second wave of Covid-19 are being sent to local shelter homes. But, is it the optimum solution? The negative impact of institutional care Every child has a… Continue reading Why foster care in India needs to be expanded?

Amending Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to provide labour rights for sex workers

Synopsis: The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act needs to be reformed to decriminalise sex work and to guarantee labour rights for sex workers. Background Sex work in India is governed by the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. It penalises acts such as keeping a brothel, soliciting in a public place, living off the earnings of sex work… Continue reading Amending Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to provide labour rights for sex workers

The Right to a fair trial and the Indian Evidence Act

Synopsis: Acquittals in rape cases are often based on stereotypes about rape survivors and their past sexual history. But that has to change if India wants to ensure the Right to a fair trial. Background During the recent judgement by the Goa session’s court in Tarun Tejpal case the court referred to the survivor’s sexual… Continue reading The Right to a fair trial and the Indian Evidence Act

Timely Implementation of Relief Schemes for Children is desired

Synopsis: The government has announced numerous relief measures for supporting the children who lost their parents in the pandemic. This would give them some cushion for survival if the timely implementation of relief measures takes place. Background: The pandemic has brutally impacted every section of society, but the situation of children losing their parents is… Continue reading Timely Implementation of Relief Schemes for Children is desired

Child labour in India- Need of Effective Policy making and programmatic interventions

Synopsis:  India needs to address the causative factors for Child labor through effective Policymaking and programmatic interventions. It should aim at the elimination of child labor in all its forms by 2025. Background The Pandemic has amplified the contributing factors for Child labor in India. For instance, School lockdown, increasing unemployment, etc., However, not all… Continue reading Child labour in India- Need of Effective Policy making and programmatic interventions

Nearly 10,000 children in country need immediate care: NCPCR tells SC

What is the News? The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) has informed the Supreme Court that nearly 10,000 children need immediate care and protection due to the impact of Covid-19.  What was the case? The Supreme Court of India has taken up a suo motu petition to examine ways to protect children. Especially… Continue reading Nearly 10,000 children in country need immediate care: NCPCR tells SC