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Special treatment sought for homeless children

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has written to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to treat the cases of homeless children being surveyed by it differently and to chart out a modified plan of action for these deprived children.

In a letter to UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani, DCPCR chairperson Amod Kanth has demanded that a separate plan of action be drawn up for such children as it would be in line with the stand taken by the Commission in the Delhi High Court. The Commission had apprised the Court of the need for special steps in cases related to homeless children.

While admiring the initiative of the authority in regard to issuance of ‘Beghar Cards' for the homeless in Delhi, the Commission has stated that there are a sizeable number of ‘invisible and nowhere children' in the Capital who need to be treated differently.

Stating that these children are popularly referred to as child beggars, child labourers, domestic servants, children working in eateries and shelterless destitute, Mr. Kanth said many of them do not have parents and thus are vulnerable to heinous crimes.

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