CRY cricket for creating awareness about child rights

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Magsaysay Award winner Kiran Bedi inaugurated the eighth edition of the CRY (Child Rights and You) Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge (5Cs), aimed at creating awareness and sensitising people about child rights, here on Saturday.

Endorsing the message and flagging off the inaugural match of the eighth 5Cs at the Modern School ground, Ms. Bedi said: “As a child I was given every opportunity to develop my potential and choose my path. I believe it is every child’s right. Given the status of the girl child in India, it is time we all stand up against every kind of discrimination and demand equal justice for all our children.”

Through the 5Cs, CRY intends to encourage citizens to take a pledge and sign the Girl Child Rights Charter so that they can become part of a movement called “Eliminate Discrimination, Not the Girl Child”.

According to CRY officials, the intention is to submit the citizens-endorsed charter to the Union Minister for Women and Child Development in order to seek accountability of the people’s elected representatives to stringent implementation of current laws and introduction of new policies.

In the past seven years the CRY Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge has raised Rs.1.8 crore impacting the lives of over 14,000 children and their communities across India, said CRY officials.

“In its eighth year the CRY Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge will raise close to Rs.50 lakh across Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and London. The resources work towards removing the discrimination that leads to deprivation, exploitation and abuse of children so that they enjoy their basic rights to live, learn, grow and enjoy childhood,” they added.

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