Dalit Girl Children - Aren't They Future Citizens ?
The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru said that 'Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and citizens of tomorrow. In modern period from 19th Century onwards, every nation developed a new understanding of children, their protection and development and the role of the State in this regard. Now, in the era of human rights discourse, it is universally accepted by all that childhood is the period of joyful and healthy growth along with learning. Recognising the need to safeguard and protect the children everywhere, the UN adopted child rights convention which guarantees safeguards for happy and healthy childhood for every child and confers various rights on them. The convention assures that every child is entitled to these rights without distinction of race, colour, sex, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status whether of himself or herself or his or her family.