Case Study Of Human Rights In Boarding Schools

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There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."
--Kofi Annan
The essence of the Indian culture lies in its age long prevailing tradition of the joint family system. However, in the present times, the decline of this traditional Institution and its subordination to nuclear family system has posed a major challenge in the upbringing, nurturing and quality time being spent with children. The intensity of the problem increases where both parents are working and where they have no choice except a boarding Institution where their
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"Scindia was hell for me," he wrote. "The sexual abuse continued there for years. I hated myself. I couldn 't understand why it was happening to me. I was often picked out, beaten, and then taken to the toilets. To save myself from the beatings, I 'd give in to the abuse.”

Against the above backdrop the present paper enumerates various Case Studies of Violation of Human Rights in Boarding Schools in India and also highlights the provisions of the various National and International human rights instruments bearing upon the rights of children in boarding school.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
UDHR is an International Instrument for the protection of Human Rights of all people including children. Significant amongst them are listed below:
Article 1, Right to equality: You are born free and equal in rights to every other human being.
Article 3, Right to life, liberty and personal security: You have the right to live, to be free and to feel safe.
Article 4, Freedom from slavery: Nobody has the right to treat you as a slave, and you should not make anyone your slave.
Article 5, Freedom from torture and degrading treatment: Nobody has the right to torture, harm or humiliate
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The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. The unprecedented acceptance of the Convention clearly shows a wide global commitment to advancing children’s rights.

National framework for the Protection of Children: Constitutional Provisions
Art 15- The state shall make any special provision for women and children.
Art 21: Right to life is provided to every citizen. Art 24- prohibition of employment of children in Hazardous jobs. Art 23- This prohibits traffic in human being and forced labour.
Art 39(c) - health and strength of workers and the tender age of children must not be abused. Art 45- provision for free and compulsory education for children up to the age of 14 years.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005. The Commission 's Mandate is to ensure that all Laws, Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of India and also the UN Convention on the Rights of the

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