Coimbatore: The Centre for Women’s Studies of Bharathiar University conducted a campaign on child rights in 15 schools in the city from August 2 to August 10. The main objective of the programme was to make children aware of their rights. The campaign, “Child Rights are Human Rights” focussed on the importance of fundamental rights of the child and at makings children conscious of violation of their rights.
Every child had the right to life, survival and development. Children had to be aware of the legislations that existed to protect them from physical and mental violence, injury, abuse or neglect. The administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from abuse, maltreatment or sexual exploitation while in the care of parents or legal guardians were explained to them.
Children had the right to get a standard of living adequate for their physical, mental, moral, spiritual and social development.
They had the right to nutritious food and water, hygienic clothing and a home.
The campaign also made the children aware of sexual abuse. They were advised to tell responsible elders such as teachers or parents whenever they felt that they were forced to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
The campaign also stressed that no restrictions should be placed on the exercise of these rights. The children were also given material containing information on child rights along with the children’s toll-free helpline, 1098.