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Child marriage still prevalent in Kutch,finds study

A Survey conducted by a group of students on the status of child rights has found that child marriage is still prevalent in Kutch district and cases of abuse of young girls and physical harassment are being reported from the urban areas.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
January 2, 2010 2:38:50 am

A Survey conducted by a group of students on the status of child rights has found that child marriage is still prevalent in Kutch district and cases of abuse of young girls and physical harassment are being reported from the urban areas.

The study,to be published next week,has also found that issues related to child labour,health and education of children in rural area,and environment and safety in the urban areas of Gujarat still persist. The report will be submitted to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) parallel to the state’s report,to show the difference between the two.

The study further finds that the implementation of child rights schemes related to child labour,healthcare,education and environment lacks quality. “The basic health care and education services have not reached the rural and remote areas of the state. Besides this,protection from harassment and abuse to young girls in the urban areas is worse than that in the rural areas,” said Parul Sheth,founder president and executive director,Shaishav. The organisation was a facilitator for the survey conducted by children.

Parul further said,“The quality of government schemes for children is bad. This includes education and health. Many children remain outside the purview of child rights.”

The survey was conducted through 500 questions. “All the states have to prepare the report and submit it to the Centre,which in turn will submit it to the UN convention in Geneva,” said Sukhdev Patel of Gantar,an NGO partnering in preparing the report. He added that the Gujarat government is yet to begin the process of preparing the report.

The entire process of the survey took three days during which volunteers from NGOs helped children understand child rights. They were also made aware about laws like right to survival,protection and development. “In the survey,students took feedback from children,” said Patel.

Bal Sena,supported by Shaishav,Gantar,Shishu Milap,Sarjan and Marag,is expected to publish the full report next week.

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