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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