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Who is to be blamed for continued violation of rights of children with disabilities?
During my recent visit to Banswara tribal district of Rajasthan, it was seen that in the interior villages, the barriers to realisations of child rights continue despite all kind of government schemes and the externally-funded NGO-run projects.
Child marriages; child labour; orphaned and abandoned children; school drop-outs; dysfunctional government schools; and neglected, chained and hidden disabled children continue to be there despite all kinds of projects and measures taken from time to time.

For children with physical disability some assistive aids are distributed by charitable trusts but the beneficiaries are the urban poor children or those from small towns. "With the spread of crass consumerism; materialism; corruption and social insensitivities among the providers; poor governance and continued poverty, all scheme and projects have become the tools of enhancing barriers to the benefits for those who really deserve them," said a grassroots worker in an interior village of the district.

A report of the UNICEF, a few years ago, had reported that children with disabilities and their families constantly experienced barriers to the enjoyment of their basic human rights and to their inclusion in society.

Many well meaning social activists and missionary workers feel that the barriers which 'differently abled' children (now being called 'Divyangs') encounter were more frequently owing to prevalent poverty, low value system, low quality of free and compulsory education and social insensitive among the implementers of various schemes.

The main barriers to the realization of rights of children are the insensitive social environment and bad governance as a result of the environment in which the children with special needs live rather than their impairments, they feel.

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