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Its shameful that children are being tortured in India, says Sonia

February 05, 2009 18:27 IST

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In the backdrop of the incident of a Dalit girl being beaten by police in Etawah, the United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi [Images] on Thursday said it was shameful that children were being tortured in India. At a function to give away the National Child Awards in New Delhi [Images], Gandhi said the country needs to implement laws protecting children very rigorously.

She said, "Though children are god's gift to the world and despite all laws to protect them, it is sad that in India children are still being tortured which makes our head hang in shame. All of us should raise our voices against such horrific incidents".

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has the responsibility to ensure that laws to protect children are used properly, Sonia said.

"We have the largest number of children in the world which is around 40 crore. They will be responsible for the future of the country," Gandhi added.

Observing that a woman can ensure the well-being of her children and family only if she stands on her feet, Gandhi said the UPA government had thus focussed on women's self help groups

"I am worried that a large number of children instead of going to school are working. Child labour eradication needs more effort," Sonia said, adding that there was also a need to stop female foeticide and child marriages.

Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary also appealed to citizens across the country to ensure that female foetuses are not killed.

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