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[email protected] Haq- Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi

By Suyash Sinha, UPES Dehradun

Haq: Centre for child rights is an NGO in Malviya Nagar, Delhi that works towards the recognition, promotion and protection of rights of all children.

Work: They work on two basic aspects: Child Protection and Children and governance.

In the child protection programme they provide legal support and counselling to all children in contact with law. Capacity building of those who work with children, such as police, judiciary, functionaries of the juvenile justice system, teachers, media etc.

I also visited a slum area at the heart of Delhi cantonment at Kirby place where labourers working for the army dwell. It was a sad sight to know that the Anganwadi there was unsure if they would be able to continue their services in the near future as they weren’t being provided any support by any government agencies.

It was also a stark eye- opener to know that the military was not providing any support to the people living there and working for the military itself for less than minimum wages.

The army rather destroyed any settlements they made as they lacked infrastructure to house children of working women. I took pictures of the living conditions of the people and prepared a case study on the same.

On the 14th of June, 2010, I went along with Abraham and Deepshikha my co- interns along with Bharti Ma’m to Samarpur Badli police Station in North Delhi for a police training to deal with Juvenile Delinquents.

We recorded the whole training as the police officers told us about the naked truth about how they deal with children in conflict with the law and asked questions regarding the proper procedures that should be followed in order to adhere to the books of law and help reduce Juvenile Delinquency.

Further working on the CRC report, 2010 has helped me to attain knowledge on the existing discrepancies in laws relating to the child defining various aspects of child rights.

I have been to the Khan Market slum, and the Jhuggi-Jhopri cluster near Indian Habitat centre with Abraham, Deepshikha and Stuti to shoot for the documentary related to the displacement caused due to the common-wealth games. It was a fun as well as learning experience for me and I enjoyed working at all these projects.

I look forward to work with Haq again.

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