*While we are safely sitting in our offices/homes, there are small children fighting to breathe one more time in close places distant from our corrupt minds. Reason? mostly ignorance or inability to access basic medical care. The ones who survive the nature are probably done in by their own people. There is no dearth of violation of children’s protection rights in the country who worships ‘gopal krishna’, such shame on we devotees. Starting from child labor, child traffiking to commercial sexual exploitation, we as a society do it all with them. Look around you and you will find enough instances of violence and various abuses. What are we doing for them? Nothing… a big NOTHING!
(*Source Unicef) With an estimated 15 million children engaged in hazardous occupations, for instance, India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world. Although poverty is often cited as the cause underlying child labour, other factors such as discrimination, social exclusion, as well as the lack of quality education or existing parents’ attitudes and perceptions about child labour and the role and value of education need also to be considered. In states like Bihar, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, 60 per cent or more girls dropped out before completing their five years primary education. SHAME!
Trafficking is another major issue that INdia needs to sort out. Not only forced commercial sex, even coercing some one into early marriage is an offense and an intorelable violence. Unicef reports that 40% of women sex workers enter this profession before the age of 18. Most of the attempts of the NGOs and the likes of UNICEF fall flat as rehabilitating such individuals is indeed a strenous process.
We, including me, keep talking about growing Indian economy and how incompetent we Indians are to come up with some thing unique. I have also been into debates questioning why can’t we be a US or a Japan. The reason lies in the fact that we are hugely ignorant. We all lack at the grass root level where as our counterparts are way ahead. But we all can help. Last December I donated a small amount to an NGO here in Mumbai to support the education of one child. I will continue to do so. If you want to hel too, click on this link. Make a donation or a pledge today. Who knows one rupee per day from you might turn out to be a helping hand in the making of yet another Abdul Kalam.