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By Geeta Chopra

The e-book is a complete compendium on baby rights in India from a baby improvement standpoint. It discusses the demanding situations that Indian childrens face for survival, improvement and schooling, specifically in the event that they are marginalized via incapacity, loss of care, and poverty. the foremost matters expounded by way of the writer on the subject of rights are youngster and baby survival, early baby improvement, highway and dealing teenagers, little ones in clash with legislation, youngsters with disabilities, baby trafficking and baby sexual abuse. the writer is going extra to delve into the reasons, between that are excessive inhabitants, poverty, migration, illiteracy, bad laws and deep-rooted social norms and behavior. The booklet offers the prevailing coverage and felony framework in India for every of those matters. The large objective of the ebook is to comprehensively talk about the roadblocks that the marginalized baby in India faces, to appreciate the reasons of those roadblocks and to guage govt and civil society motion for kids in India.

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According to Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Parsi personal law, a person is supposed to reach the age of majority at 18 years. According to Child Marriage Restraint act 1929, the legal age for marriage is 21 for boys and 18 for girls. It is interesting to note that the age of marriage in Muslim personal law is the age of puberty (around 14 years). It is held that Muslim girls are not exempt from this law. If the marriage is performed while she is minor, the marriage would not be void, but the persons who participated in this marriage are not immune for legal punishment under the Child Marriage Restraint Act.

612. This is a dismal position considering that India is now considered an economic giant. 971 held by Norway. 20 1 Introduction to Child Rights The human development index (HDI) is a composite index that measures the average achievements in a country on three basic dimensions of human development • a long healthy life, as measured by life expectancy at birth; • knowledge, as measured by the adult literacy rate and the combined gross enrolment ratio from primary, secondary, tertiary school; • a decent standard of living as measured by GDP per capita in purchasing power parity (PPP) US Dollars (UNDP 2004).

The minimum age at which compulsory education ends as per Article 21 A of the constitution is 14 years and it synchronises with the minimum age for employment. As per the Indian Penal code 1860, nothing is an offence which is done by a child under the age of 7 years (Section 82, IPC). The age of criminal responsibility is raised to 12 years if the child is found to have not attained the ability to understand the nature and consequence of his/her act (Section 83, IPC). According to National Plan of Action for Children, 2005, the definition of a child is a person up to age of 18 years.

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