Members of several non-governmental organisations staged a protest here on Monday seeking early implementation of the Right to Education Act in the State.
The protesters took out a rally from Ambedkar Circle to the Deputy Commissioner's office where they submitted a memorandum, addressed to Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, to the Deputy Commissioner.Memorandum
In the memorandum, they said that children continued to be the most neglected section of the country's population.
“Children form 41 per cent of the population, but the money spent on them is not in proportion to their numbers .
In India, 43 of every 1,000 children die before their first birthday. As much as 83 per cent of children are malnourished and only 80 per cent of children receive full immunisation,” they said.
“Karnataka has the third highest number of malnourished children in the country, after Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. A quarter of all girls get married before they are 18 while a fifth of all girls deliver of their first child before they are 19. All this should change,” the memorandum said. Their demands included giving wide publicity to the Act and creating awareness about its provisions among the public, initiating action against schools that have already begun admissions violating provisions of the Act, empowering the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to monitor its implementation and strict action against those found guilty of child abuse.
They also demanded increasing budgetary allocation to education to 10 per cent, and checking social evils such as child marriage.
‘Create awareness about the Act among the public' Strict action demanded against those found guilty of child abuse
‘Create awareness about the Act among the public'
Strict action demanded against those found guilty of child abuse