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The Equality Manual



The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has received numerous complaints concerning acts of discrimination and bias pertaining to children. Further the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act (2009) has mandated that 25% of seats in private schools must be reserved for children from disadvantaged groups. This has been welcomed as a first step towards bridging the gaps between rich and poor children. The very act of studying along with their peers in the neighbourhood integrates children into a web of interaction, encouraging them to share knowledge, cultures and build a sense of oneness as Indians. Since the value of equality and inclusion is integral to India’s democracy and citizenship, it was felt necessary to explain and con-vey the idea of equality to children through the principles of the Constitution of India, through a child friendly manual. This manual is therefore intended to be a primer to introduce children to the term “equality”, why it is an important concept and Constitutional value, and how it can be actualized in today’s world. Thus ‘The Equality Manual’ seeks to explain the principles enshrined in the Constitution of India under Articles 14-18 by examining the substance of the provisions and their interpretation with reference to the day-to-day activities of a child




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