I feel good about..


YEAR 2013

  I feel good…. I feel
angry and sad…
Increased awareness – Education for 6
to 14 years children is a fundamental right.
Year 2013 is the third year
anniversary of RTE Act, 2009 yet implementation of RTE Act has reached
nowhere near the promises made.
Enactment of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place
(Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Increased reporting
of violence against children, child Abuse and Molestation cases.
Increase in cases of crime against
children –  Child Rape, Abuse, Torture,
Molestation cases and the way our system handles the same.
Total ban for Child Labor under 14
Proposed child labor amendment does
not completely cover all children between 14 – 18 years.
First yea of implementation of POSCO
Act 2013
Awareness levels regarding POSCO
Act, 2013 remained very low.
No Polio case reported in India. Children continue to die due to
preventable diseases – T.B. , Malaria, Diarrhea
Some efforts taken by various state
governments in order to battle malnutrition – (awareness drives, IEC,
Malnutrition related mortality and
morbidity numbers saw no change.
National Policy of Children (NPC)
2013 where children were mentioned as ‘supremely important asset’
Mussarfarnagar riots  where several children died in relief
One of the largest evacuations
Cyclone Phailin – over 80,000 people including children were successfully
Uttarkhand flash floods – hundreds of
children died, children went homeless. Schools were shut down for months.
Increased allocation and spread of
ICDS in interior areas, and cabinet approval on Early Childhood Care and
Education (ECCE) Policy 2013
2013-14 Budget for children – not
an adequate allocation for children.
Protests, people coming together for
a cause, increased energy in youth to demand accountability from state.
We are turning into a very
‘violent’ society. All we wish is death penalty!
Companies Act 2013 – makes certain
section of companies to mandatory spend 2% of their net profits on corporate
social responsibility.
Supreme court’s regressive step with
respect to Section 377.


Anuja Kastia Shah, Associate General Manager, Policy, CRY – Child Rights and You

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