India needs Magna Carta for children’s rights: Christian NGO

Every month about a 100,000 Indian children die from causes related to malnutrition. Many die because of infectious diseases that could be cured, but malnutrition lowered children's immunity system.

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Nov 19 2013, 2:04 PM
India needs Magna Carta for children’s rights: Christian NGO

"The welfare of children should not be treated as an administrative decoration, but must become a central concern of the nation," said an NGO, Mother Teresa Children’s Foundation, while launching an appeal for the protection and safeguarding of childhood last Thursday.

"Every month about a hundred thousand Indian children die from causes related to malnutrition. Many die because of infectious diseases that could be cured, but malnutrition has lowered children's immunity system,” Foundation President Sajan George Kavinkalath said in a statement, holding Indian society responsible for the deaths.

"The first task of social justice is to save lives of children. In India, there is a growing proportion of young beggars, vagabonds, crippled, often victims of exploitation by criminal organizations. But a society that does not act to stop this phenomenon and to save children is criminal," he contended.

"Our vision of the future passes through the value and care that we give to new generations. The first challenge for India is primary universal education, next to the health and growth of children. Therefore, a solemn legislative affirmation is needed on equal access to education for girls and against any discrimination of gender and caste or economic and social status, a sort of Magna Carta for the child," the statement said.

George said that the responsibility of non-governmental organizations was to work to ensure compliance regarding social justice, the environment and human rights to help avoid anxiety, fear and despair in society.

According to its website, Mother Teresa Children’s Foundation is an international charity registered in England that works to fight poverty and injustice worldwide, reaching the poorest and most vulnerable people and helping them with food, shelter, work, education, and healthcare. It has programmes in parts of India and Africa, where they work in collaboration with local residents to make the most of their knowledge and experience.

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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