The Peace Gong condemns Badaun gang rape; demands a CHILD-FRIENDLY INDIA

The horrific sexual attack on two teenage girls who were subsequently hanged on a tree in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh has shamed us. This primitive act demands strong condemnation from each and every individual of the society. We, children and teenagers associated with The Peace Gong, are absolutely shocked.

The Peace Gong team demand stern and strong action against the culprits for such a horrendous crime. All decision makers must come together and also include us (children) in fighting the stereotypes and vulnerabilities of our peers. Special thrust and priority should be given to protection of children across the country.

This incident once again raises questions on the state of the safety and security of girls and women in the country. It is very unfortunate that in one of the largest democracies in the world, women and girls continue to be unsafe and their dignity  at stake.

Incidents like these are a grim reminder of the serious vulnerabilities of children, especially girls in all spheres of life. We want to ask a simple question to all our elders- where can children, especially girls say that they are safe?

Unfortunately not much is happening and our rights continue to be encroached upon. We continue to live in great insecurity- both in public places and in institutions.

Age-old stereotypes, lack of quality education, caste practices and many other ills contribute to the insecure conditions. A large number of homes across the country still do not have basic toilet facilities in their homes. We are all shocked to learn that these girls too did not have such facilities in their homes and hence are forced to go out in the open. Basic facilities like sanitation are urgent requirements in many areas across the country, which can contribute to overall feeling of security among vulnerable girls.

The killings of girls show that our Government and other institutions have not learnt any lesson from the series of similar crimes in the past. Mere lip service is not enough.

So, we demand one simple thing: A CHILD-FRIENDLY INDIA WHERE WE ALL CAN MOVE AND SLEEP PEACEFULLY.

-From The Peace Gong Team (The Peace Gong is a children’s newspaper that brings together children from different parts of the country and also abroad to write on different issues affecting them)

Editor: Ramsheena, Class XI, Farooq College HS School, Calicut, Kerala

Sonam Yangdol, Class XI; Faizan Aslam Bhatt, Class XII; Samina Kausar, Class XI; Athisum Fatima Khan, Class X; Andleep Fatima Ansari, Class 11; Ruksana Bano , Class VIII, Yasmeen, Class XIII; Shamima Akhter, Class VIII (Jammu and Kashmir)

Prithwi Ranjan Das, Class- VIII; Suchismita Chakraborty, Class-IX, Devarprita Dev, Class X; Mrigank Mouli Chakraborty, Class IX; Priyaranjan Dar, Class XII (Tripura)

Navya K Chandran, Class X; Ananthapadmanabhan, Class X; Reshma, Class X; Anjana, Class X; Fayza, Class X; Akshay, Class X; Sabeena, Class X; Amal Dev, Class X; Febin, Class X (Kerala)

 

Kaveri Barman , Class IX; Samiran Kalita, Class VIII; Mamtaz Begum, Class-IX; Safiqul Ali, Class- VIII; Pradip Baishya , Class IX (Assam)

 

Asiya Naqvi, Class XII (Uttar Pradesh)

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Zephaniah Free Education

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Zephaniah Free Education has been improving the status of women in rural Pakistan through Education and Empowerment for 17 years.

It was founded by Sister Zeph when she was just a 13 year old girl. At this age she had to leave her school in grade seventh, because her teacher humiliated her for being sitting on the teacher’s chair one day.

From then she decided that she will never go to that school again but will make her own school where there will respect for the students. So she started teaching with another girl in the open air at her home’s courtyard on August 1, 1997.

Later when she started teaching more girls she came to notice that girls’ lives are very difficult. They have no life of their own, they are considered men’s property, they have no right to education, to paid work, or to choose their own life partner. They are being killed for so called honor. They are mothers, sisters, wives and daughters, but they are not being considered as human beings. They have no recognition as their own individuals. With this realisation, Sister Zeph decided to focus on girls’ education.

Until now, Zephaniah Free Education has taught over five hundred girls , and more than one hundred women have learnt skills such as stitching , bridal make up, party make up, hair dressing , embroidery in addition to getting standard education as well.

Sister Zeph has been maintaining a full time job to meet the expenses of Zephaniah Free Education since when the age of 16, and along with this, she achieved two Master Degrees, one in Political Science and one in the History, through self-studying.

Sister Zeph says that she will never stop promoting and supporting girls education and empowerment because this is the only way to change the world and to bring a new life to the women of our world.

Hayat Foundation

 


Hayat Foundation is a national non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization which was registered with the Social Welfare Department in Punjab in 1995 under the Registration & Control Ordinance, 1961. Its registration number is 369/DDSW/FSD/95. In 1991 it was also registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860. Legally it can operate all over the country, its mission is the formation of a healthy and balanced society where the masses live peacefully with freedom of thought and action, and where there is no discrimination, abuse, neglect or exploitation. The Hayat Foundation has been engaged in the provision of education, protection, peace and water and sanitation services to populations affected by conflicts and emergencies. It has worked in the KPK, SINDH, FATA, FANA, AJ&K and Punjab provinces to respond to the recovery and rehabilitation of children and women displaced due to conflict, earthquakes and floods. It has demonstrated the capacity to provide care and support to children and youths for re-settlement through formal and non formal education and psycho-social services in government, private and religious institutions. 

 

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