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A better world for children

  • Published at 12:03 am May 21st, 2019
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Girl carrying out her study at a construction site Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The most obvious place to start is to make sure that crimes against children are given the utmost priority

The future of a nation is represented by its children -- after all, it is the children who will one day grow up to be in charge of things; they will be the ones making policies, writing laws, and educating other children.

As such, few things are more important than protecting, nurturing, and safeguarding the rights of the children of this country.

The KidsRights Index, an initiative of the KidsRights foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, has given Bangladesh a ranking of 108 when it comes to children’s rights.

Five categories are used in the index -- right to life, right to health, right to education, right to protection, and an enabling environment for child rights -- and it is good to see that Bangladesh, with a score of 0.672, is doing better than its South Asian neighbours India, Nepal, or Pakistan.

While we are doing well compared to other countries in the region, we can certainly aspire to an even higher standard, and move into the ranks of some of the developed nations of the world like the top-ranking European nations, and make Bangladesh a safer place for the most vulnerable sub-section of the population.

The most obvious place to start is to make sure that crimes against children are given the utmost priority in the legal system, and that no impunity is ever granted to molesters, rapists, or offenders of any other kind.

It is only from a place of safety and security that a more nurturing environment will come about, ensuring well-balanced, responsible citizens for the future.