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Making Child Rights a Reality

Asha Bajpai

in Child Rights in India

Second edition

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195670820
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195670820.003.0009
Making Child Rights a Reality

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This chapter focuses on the issue of practical implementation of child rights. There are various hindrances in this regard. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is a huge obstacle in the child's right to survival and development. Institutionalization appears to be the rule rather than an exception. Demolitions and forced evictions from homes disrupt the social structure of a child's life to survival. Early marriages are a form of child sexual abuse and a violation of a child's freedom to enjoy childhood. The Indian legal system needs much development to assure the rights of the child. Rehabilitation is crucial to children rescued from prostitution. The Convention on the Rights of the Child can be employed by public advocates to force the government to take action on child issues. Good governance has a central role to play in ensuring that children are at the centre of the development agenda that guides policy decisions and budgetary allocations as well as monitors progress.

Keywords: child rights; child sexual abuse; Convention on the Rights of the Child; institutionalization; early marriages; prostitution; governance; survival

Chapter.  16387 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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