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On the 10th of December, a date celebrated as International Human Rights Day, as well as day of the annual Nobel Prize ceremony, a powerful moral voice rose from the highest pulpit of India, the Rasht...
Since my own childhood, I had a dream which later became the mission of my life and the core value of Bachpan Bachao Andolan. It was a very simple thought — every child should be free to be a child, free to laugh and cry, free to play and learn and above all, free to dream. To accomplish this vision of a child-friendly world we need child-friendly politics, child-friendly businesses, child-friendly faith institutions and child-friendly justice delivery mechanisms and establishments.
Fardeen is diminutive, looking younger than his 14 years. He stares a lot at his hands which are scarred from the work he did as a child labourer. He was brought at the age of 11 to Delhi by a hotel owner, with promises of a good salary and a better life in the city. However, the reality was different. Fardeen was sold for Rs 6000 to sew at a denim factory.
In India, approximately 20,000 cases of child abuse are reported annually. Every hour, more than two children are sexually assaulted -- and these are just the reported cases. There are many more cases...