Events : Economic, Development & Social Issues

Panel Discussion on "Fractured lives; Vanishing Opportunities"

Held on Monday, 12th February, 2018 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had organised a Panel Discussion on “Fractured lives; Vanishing Opportunities” on Monday, 12th February, 2018 at 6.30 PM. The Panelists were Ms. Kathyayini Chamraj, Executive Trustee of CIVIC Bengaluru, Mr. P Lakshapathi, Member of the Central Advisory Board of the Ministry of Labour, Government of India on Child Labour and Prof. Supriya Roychoudhury, Professor in the Center for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD) at Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. Dr. R Padmini, Child Rights and Social Development Activist, chaired and moderated the discussion.

The discussion was based on the pathetic conditions of children in slums or other low income urban areas among the most marginalised and face a joyless existence and a bleak future. The panel discussed about the problems of children growing up in such situations, including the impediments to their survival, growth and protection. The lack of day-care; high drop outs from school; absence of compulsory secondary education with skill training; trafficking for forced labour; sexual exploitation; domestic servitude, forced marriage etc. The panelists focused their discussion on their findings from studies and activism to offer some solutions in the context of Bengaluru and Karnataka.

While Ms. Kathyayini and Mr. Lakshapathi highlighted the legal position about the rights of abandoned and trafficked children and the loopholes and shortcomings, Prof. Supriya Roychoudhury outlined the highlights of a study done by ISEC on the dimentions of the problem and possible remedies. All the panelists were unanimous that the executive, the judiciary and all the sections of the society must join hands to give the children their due rights as they deserve.

The discussion, which was adroitly steered by Dr. R Padmini and enthusiastically joined by the sparse audience, was a reality check for all.