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NCPCR's foundation day to be observed with focus on street children
Foundation Day of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is being held on March 5 in New Delhi with special focus on street children. At a function to be held at Siri Fort Auditorium, Najeeb Jung, Lt. Governor of Delhi will be the Chief Guest.

It may be noted that NCPCR was set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 with a mandate is to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Indian Constitution and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The NCPCR considers persons in the age group 0 to 18 years as children and stresses the inclusion of rights-based perspective into national policies and programmes with appropriate responses at the state, district and block levels, taking care of specificities and strengths of each region.

However, there is a need to spread child rights literacy among various sections of the society and stakeholders, including homes and schools, to promote child rights safeguarding practices. Even the local judiciary needs to be sensitized to inquire into complaints and take suo motu notice of matters relating to deprivation and violation of child rights to provide relief to such children.

Savita Bhakhry, author of the document "Children in India and their Rights" published by National Human Rights Commission, observes that in spite the several new laws, plans, schemes and programmes to address rights-based issues concerning children, the plight of children across India has not got better and continues to be precarious.

"The burning issues relating to children are the adverse child sex ratio, persistently high infant and child mortality ratios, wide gender gaps in literacy, escalating violence against children especially against the girl child and the rising incidents of female foeticide, female infanticide and child marriage," says Bhakhry.

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