Children’s parliament denounces atrocities committed on children around the world

May 24th, 2009 - 4:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Slumdog Millionaire Varanasi, May 24 (ANI): In a unique parliament made up of children in the age group of five to fourteen years, who assembled in Varanasi on Saturday, took stock of atrocities committed on children worldwide.The children registered their protest against the practice of training children to become terrorists in Pakistan and also forcing the young kids to become beggars elsewhere in the world. “The Children’s Parliament in Varanasi is the first elected children’s Parliament in the world. The representatives have been chosen through election. This is the demand of the children that United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations should stop the practice of children being used as terrorists. Their safety and nutrition should be taken care of which are their fundamental rights. This was the topic of discussion today,” said Rajiv Srivastava, Owner, Vishal Bharat, Sansthan.The budding parliamentarians read out speeches, debated and raised slogans to condemn the demolition of houses of Rubina Ali and Azhar Ismail, the child actors of Oscar winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. It may be recalled that abodes of these child artistes were demolished in Mumbai as part of a slum clearance drive. “The houses of Rubina and Azhar have been demolished. Children are being sold in Sri Lanka. Children are being trained to become terrorists in Pakistan. This is what we have discussed today,” opined Tazim Ali, a member of Children’s Parliament, Varanasi.The proceedings of the children’s parliament continued for two hours and an agenda was prepared to protect the rights of the children around the world. (ANI)

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