Children run to claim their rights

Scores of children, mostly from under-privileged sections, took part in a run here on Sunday seeking protection of their rights on the eve of Children`s Day.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 19:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Scores of children, mostly from
under-privileged sections, took part in a run here on Sunday
seeking protection of their rights on the eve of Children`s
Day.

The participants in the age group of 6 to 18 years, which
included street and working children, those from slums and
villages, participated in the four-km "Run for Children" here.

They sent out a message to the society, administration
and police that they seek protection of their rights.

The run started at 7.30 AM from Central Secretariat
Ground, Vinay Marg Chanakya puri (adjacent to Nehru Park) and
proceeded to Laxmi Bai Nagar, Indira Niketan Girls hostel Via
Leela Palace.

Before and after the Run, Children put up colourful
performances.

The run was flagged off by P K Tripathi, Chief Secretary,
Delhi Government, and B K Gupta, Commissioner of Delhi Police,
along with Outgoing Chairperson of Delhi Commission for
Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) Amod K Kanth.

"Delhi Government in coordination with the central
government has implemented quite a few schemes for children
including Mid Day Meal and Right to Education. Presently, we
are working on a health scheme in which health check up of
every school going child is mandatory," Tripathi said.

Kanth said civil society organisations participating in
the event were doing tremendous job in protecting children`s
rights.

The event was organised by Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre
Society - an arm of Prayas with active participation by
leading NGOs and schools.

PTI