School Children Seek Mechanism for Protection of Rights

  • Nearly 1,000 schoolchildren marched through the major streets of Raichur and staged a demonstration outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner demanding the government to put a mechanism in place for ensuring the protection of child rights.
  • The demonstration was organised by Navajeevana Mahila Okkoota (NMO).
  • Some students expressed their concern over the increasing incidents of schoolchildren being forced to work at business establishments and agricultural fields.
  • The Right to Education (RTE) Act is not properly implemented in the district.
  • Vidhya Patil, a leader of NMO said: A meeting that was attended by officials of concerned departments and representatives of civil society organisations has identified the shortcomings in the effective implementation of RTE Act in the district.
  • Vidhya Patil added:The State government had issued a circular to all zilla panchayats instructing them to ensure that all gram panchayats hold children’s gram sabhas, but the instructions are not being implemented properly.
  • She urged the Deputy Commissioner to convene a meeting of concerned officials, elected representatives and representatives of civil society organisations, once every three months, to ensure the proper implementation of Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.
  • Activists expressed disappointment over the non-fulfilment of their long-pending demand to provide public bus services to all villages.
  • The activists said that the unavailability of public transport system had forced many children, particularly girls, in remote villages discontinue their studies after primary education.