10 Fundamental Rights of a Child in India – Ensuring a Bright Future

Published on September 12, 2023

The fundamental rights of children, enshrined in the Constitution and inspired by internationally accepted principles, ensure that the children of India grow up in a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment.

Upholding the Promise of Childhood Rights

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As we delve into these 10 rights of a child, we at CRY aim to shed light on their significance, the measures in place to uphold them, and how they shape a brighter future for the young minds of our nation.

1. Right to Survival: Ensuring a Strong Start

Every child has the right to survival – a right to be born and cared for, irrespective of their gender or social background. This right underscores the importance of proper nutrition, healthcare, and a safe environment during the early years of life, allowing each child to thrive and fulfil their potential.

2. Right to Education: Nurturing Young Minds

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The right to education is a cornerstone of child development. It ensures that every Indian child has access to quality education, enabling them to explore their interests, acquire knowledge, and pave the way for a brighter future. This right is a powerful tool for breaking the cycle of poverty and ensuring a well-informed citizenry.

3. Right to Protection: Safeguarding Innocence

Child protection is a paramount concern. The Child Protection Act in India safeguards children from abuse and exploitation, ensuring their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. By addressing issues such as child labour, trafficking, and causes of child marriage, this right creates a safer environment for all children to grow and thrive.

4. Right to Participation: Empowering Young Voices

Children are not passive recipients; they are active participants in society. Every child deserves a platform to voice their opinions, ideas, and concerns. Encouraging their participation in decision-making processes fosters a sense of responsibility and citizenship from a young age.

5. Right to Development: Nurturing Holistic Growth

Childhood is a period of rapid growth and development. This right emphasizes the importance of ensuring that every child has access to nutrition, healthcare, and opportunities that promote their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

6. Right to Health and Well-being: Building a Healthy Future

Good health is fundamental to a child's growth. This right encompasses proper healthcare, immunization, and sanitation facilities to prevent diseases and promote overall well-being among children.

7. Right to Identity: Recognizing Individuality

Every child has the right to an identity, including a name and nationality. Birth registration is crucial not only for legal recognition but also for accessing essential services and entitlements.

8. Right to Expression: Fostering Creativity

Children are natural explorers and creators. This right encourages freedom of expression, allowing children to express their thoughts, ideas, and creativity without fear.

9. Right against Discrimination: Promoting Equality

Discrimination based on gender, caste, religion, or any other factor has no place in a just society. This right ensures that every child is treated equally, regardless of their background, empowering them to reach their full potential.

10. Right to a Safe Environment: Preserving Tomorrow's World

The environment in which a child grows shapes their future. This right emphasizes the need for a clean, safe, and sustainable environment, ensuring that children inherit a planet that is conducive to their well-being.

Nurturing the Seeds of Tomorrow

As we conclude this exploration of the ten rights of the child in India, it becomes evident that these rights are not mere words but promises that we, as a society, must fulfil. By upholding these rights, we create an environment where every Indian child can dream, learn, play, and grow without fear or limitations.

At CRY, we have been relentlessly working in the spheres of 

With our multidisciplinary approach and awareness and execution campaigns, we strive to offer children of today a safe, nurturing and sustainable environment to equip them for a better tomorrow. 

Through the combined efforts of the government, NGOs, communities, and individuals, we can ensure that these rights are not just words on paper but guiding principles that shape a brighter future for our children. As we celebrate events like Girl Child Day in India, let us reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the rights of all children.