Kids Put Forward Demands to Politicos
Published: 04th March 2014 08:43 AM
Last Updated: 04th March 2014 08:43 AM
Children from the Karnataka Child Rights Observatory submitting a list of their demands to the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee as part of an election advocacy event in Bangalore on Monday | NAGESH POLALI
Children from the Karnataka Child Rights Observatory (KCRO) visited the offices of major political parties in the city on Monday and demanded child-friendly policies in their manifestos ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
More than 30 children, including differently-abled, met Congress and JD(S) leaders and submitted memoranda. “Some of the demands were effective measures to tackle malnutrition, proper implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act,” said Nagasimha G Rao, campaign coordinator of KCRO, a UNICEF-supported initiative to monitor children in the state. He said the children will visit the BJP office soon. The other demands included strengthening remand homes and holding children’s Gram Sabhas regularly in villages.
Monica, a Class 7 student, said: “We want government hospitals to become child-friendly. We know that we don’t have the right to vote but we want political parties to take our demands seriously.”