It was in 1989, United Nations declared Child Rights in the UN Convention on Rights of the Child known as UNCRC. According to UNCRC, Child Rights are entitlements that should be afforded to all persons below the age of 18 regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status, or ability. The UN finds these rights interdependent and indivisible, that is, a right cannot be fulfilled at the expense of another right. There are four broad classifications of these rights. They are the Right to Survival, Right to Protection, Right to Participation, and Right to Development. These four categories cover all civil, political, social, economic, and cultural rights of every child.Login to read more
The author is the Vice-President of the Indian Social Institute in Bangalore and former professor of Social Work, Loyola College of Social Sciences, Trivandrum.