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Children in India want stronger anti-violence laws

CHILDREN in India believe stronger anti-violence laws will help curb violence against children, Press Trust of India (PTI) reports according to a recent survey.

The survey conducted by ChildFund and released Wednesday on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day polled 6,500 children aged 10 to 12 years old in 47 countries about their views on socio-political issues facing their country.

Asked what they would do to end violence against children if they were leader of their country, nearly one in three children or 30 percent said they would implement stronger anti-violence laws while another 12 percent said improving education would be their priority.

“About 41 percent of children in India cited stronger laws, a position taken by only 1 percent of children in Afghanistan and 3 percent in Laos,” the survey said.

ChildFund’s India country director Katherine Manik said: “This year’s survey focused on children’s attitudes about violence, peace, happiness and their heroes.”

On what makes them feel safe and happy, more than half or 56 percent of children said being with their family while another 25 percent find safety and happiness at school.

“In India, 44 percent of children say they feel safe and happy at schools and 38 percent say family provides them security and happiness,” said Manik.

Children across the world believe that bad behaviour, poverty, alcohol, drugs and social conflicts are the key drivers of violence in their countries.

In India, 50 percent of children said poverty is the main cause of violence followed by social conflicts (17 percent) and alcohol and lack of education (both 14 percent).

Bad behaviour (33 percent), alcohol (21 percent) and drugs (18 percent) were the top three main causes of violence according to children in developed countries.

Education topped the list of “most important things” with 85 percent of children in India and 65 percent worldwide saying everyone should have a good education.

On what peace meant to them, 26 percent of Children from around the world said “no war” and another 20 percent “harmony or unity.” –-BERNAMA

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