Education is one of the key focus areas of SDGs, and one entire Goal, No. 4 is dedicated to it. Even though India has made improvements towards achieving SDGs and now has a score of 66, a six-point jump from the previous digit, there is still a long way to go. According to the Right … More Sustainable Development Goals Are Goals for Girls
(Written from the perspective of a child who has experienced abuse) I close my eyes and imagine butterflies As you ravage my fragile frame My beautiful colors weep and seep out, splattered across the canvas In the pull and push of your dirty desire. My tiny hands struggle and writhe Trying to shake away the … More Imagine Butterflies
You would think that after several millennia of co-existing, humankind would have figured out how to treat each other with kindness and empathy. However, this is unfortunately not the case. As a glimpse around will tell us, the world is plagued by various social injustices like discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexuality, … More Understanding Child Abuse
Kids are the most revered beings in this world. Parents struggle hard to ensure that their kid’s lead a cosy life. They take all the pain to see the smile in the kid’s face. They guide them from Day 1 of their arrival in this world. To some extent, they ensure that they are with … More Child Abuse – Why is it happening and ways to prevent it
“Why are you in despair, O my soul?And why have you become disturbed within me?” Around this time last yeara teenage girl lured by the promise of employment,imprisoned, gang-raped and sold. “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;Lord, hear my voice.Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Lord of the nations, … More A Lament for Unnao and Kathua
“Sherly aunty, when I grow up, I want to be like you!” my 3 year old nephew told me as I washed my hands when I reached home. He was so excited to see me, and wanted me to carry him, but what does the first rule say? Must wash hands! The little one followed … More Can Teachers Be Bullies?
I was seventeen when I gathered the courage to confront my abuser and all he simply said was, “It was a childish mistake. I am sorry.” I kept screaming inside that, ‘sorry’ wasn’t enough to undo the horrors he had put me through. Nonetheless, I forgave him believing that he must have changed, now that … More If Only: The Price of Unspoken Shame
There is something critical that we need to address, and it needs to happen right now. Hundreds of young children and adolescents in the country are experiencing unabated and brutal physical and sexual violence at the same shelters where they are supposed to receive care and protection. We need to amplify our voices and let … More The dismal state of shelter homes and child protection mechanisms in the country