Saturday, 27 May 2017

CRY: A ray of hope in the darkness

“Satisfaction is earned through good work only”

The issue of child rights is not a recent one. People have been striving for the upliftment of underprivileged children all over the globe. Every human being has a soft corner for a child until a person surrenders the soul to malicious power. The movement for child rights and for their empowerment started in the first part of the twentieth century in various parts of the world. But, due to prevailing wars (world war), the movement lost its track.

Like other western countries, India too has been facing issues related to child rights and child empowerment. India is profoundly known for its liberal laws and democratic approaches. So, child rights seem not to be a serious issue. But, the scenario is not the same which many of us presume.

Childhood is called as the “golden period” of an individual. But, numerous children across the country are unfortunate enough to experience the beauty of this “golden period”. Many of them have to be grown up in the lap of poverty. Uncountable numbers of children sleep on the footpath every night. They never heard lullaby from their mothers. Many of them could never taste the milk of their mothers. They never experienced the fear stories of cat, monkey and tiger from their mothers’ mouth (which are adorned with utmost love) for refusing to eat their meals.

Rather, they have to fight with the dogs and cats eating garbage in the corner of footpath for feeding their stomach for a night. Many of them are sold and bought for slavery; many are smuggled for their delicate organs. These are harsh facts of our own country which go beyond the cinematic views of common people.

Photo courtesy: CRY
With the growing concern for issues related to the lives of the children, like, child labour, discrimination, smuggling etc. human activists and socialised persons have started the movement against such brutality. Today there are many non-governmental organisations (non-profit organisations) to protect the rights of such underprivileged children. In India itself, there are more than hundred NGOs for the development of children and their rights. They are striving to make a platform which would help such children and provide a desired life.

One of such remarkable NGOs is CRY (Child Rights and You), which is trying to be a proper helping help for underprivileged children. CRY was founded in the year 1979 by late Rippan Kapur who started the organisation with only Rs 50. His legacies have been keeping the organisation on a proper track. The primary objective of the organisation is to help those children who are deprived of basic human rights. It differs from other various non-profit organisations in the sense that it does not call for public donations for helping the children.

Photo courtesy: CRY
Rather, its concern is to motivate people and make them aware of the real situation of children of the country. Thus, it strongly believes in the collective effort. It also focuses on making the children aware of their own rights about which they are ignorant. CRY primarily emphasises on the four basic rights of survival, i.e. survival, development, protection and participation, defined by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Today, CRY is working across 222 districts in 22 states. Its effort is reflected from the numbers of children they have reached till the current year, i.e. more than 4.86 lakhs. It has different chapters in various parts of the country. Its works include both rural as well as urban areas thereby deny the discrimination on any ground. Few major cities where CRY has been effectively working include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

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Written by Dhiraj Medhi
A Masters student in Linguistics and Endangered Languages, Dhiraj is fond of writing, singing and playing instruments. He wishes to create a positive atmosphere in the society through this writings and music.

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