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ANNILA HARRIS FOR WORLD VISION INDIA
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.
For Vinod, a state-level runner, athletics was not a future he remotely envisaged. Growing up struggling to survive on the meagre earnings of his father, all that he had to hold on to was his school books, giving him glimpses of a vibrant, gargantuan world full of boundless opportunities. But a family tragedy changed everything.
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Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (amended) states that a man is said to have committed rape, if he does any of the intrusive sexual acts as enlisted in Section 375, with a girl below 18 years of age, with or without her consent. However, Exception 2 of the same Section provides that sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape!
With the proliferation of new technologies and social media apps, it seems these days as if our children are almost constantly online, and as parents/guardians we sometimes have a tough time keeping pace. How can we ensure that we are as good parenting online, as we are offline? Use these five tips to educate, empower and protect yourself, as well as your children, to have safer and more meaningful online experiences.