Children in Varanasi set to form a Parliament of their own

June 8th, 2008 - 10:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Varanasi, June 8 (ANI): Children in Varanasi are geared up to fight elections slated for June 10 to form their own Parliament in a bid to fight for their rights.

There are nearly 1,000 students engaged in this novel venture.

Fourteen children have already filed their nominations.

This is being considered as one of the largest platforms that will bring issues related to children to the forefront.

The children filing nominations are not affiliated to any particular political party and their sole agenda is to fight for the welfare of children.

However, some of the children have taken up grave issues like terrorism and global warming in their election manifestoes.

“Girls should get free education. We should work for keeping our environment clean and terrorism should be removed,” said Rasheed, a candidate for the elections.

The parties will follow all the rules of the general elections.

The children have been divided into three parties namely the Bal Vikas Party, Bal Janata Party and the Bhartiya Baccha Party.

Independent candidates can also file their nominations and three voting booths have been set up for the elections.

A Child Security Force has also been formed to ensure free and fair elections.

A non-government organization called “Vishal Bharat” has taken this initiative and plans to take the issues to the national level.

“In Asian countries where the protection of child rights is a must and especially India where so much is happening in the name of democracy, there is nothing like a children’s Parliament. So, we thought of coming up with a platform where they can put forth their points. Like if a seven-year-old child is facing child abuse she is not able to tell anyone, may be apart from her friend. But if a 5-13 year old child will be their union leader then they can easily communicate their problems,” said Rajeev Shrivastava, the founder of Vishal Bharat.

The elections would be an achievement on the part of the children to highlight their issues in order to draw attention of the authorities towards their cause. (ANI)

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