That children caught at the airport with fake passports, fall in the category of conflict with law. In reality they were victims being trafficked. They need HELP!
That there are tribes who still hunt for food? Children who do that when hungry get caught as an offender? "I was hungry, ate a bird. What did I do wrong ?" little knowing the consequences of being charged under the Wildlife Protection Act. They need HELP!
That when a women charges a family of domestic violence, the child by virtue of being in that family also gets booked by the law and is in need of Care and Protection. They need HELP!
Children like Mangesh need HELP:
Mangesh lost his father at the age of 12 and his mother's school teacher salary was suddenly insufficient to meet expenses for him and his brother. A diligent student, he passed his 10th and entered college. Teenage angst coupled with financial constraints led to conflicts between mother and son. Falling into bad company, Mangesh and his friends began to steal bikes and use the money for his books and other expenses like movies, clothes. Finally they got caught by the police and as a juvenile he was moved to an observation home. Ashamed of her son, his mother cut off ties with him. Then Mangesh met the ‘Didi’ from RCJJ and one day said "Please HELP me turn my life around".
RCJJ studied the case and appealed to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) for a counsellor for mother and son. Sessions of guided counseling reunited the family, setting up the path to rehabilitation and Mangesh was released on bail under the supervision of RCJJ. He resumed college where RCJJ helped emotionally and financially with fees and a tutor for his 12th. Then came a apprenticeship job in a company paying 8000/- a month. This journey got Mangesh to understand the value of hard work and keeping Rs.2000/- for his expenses, he gave the rest to his mother. RCJJ through its reports updated the JJB of the boys progress and given his fine conduct and RCJJ representation, Mangesh was relieved of the case.
Today Mangesh is 20 years of age, working and completing graduation through correspondence.
To help children like Mangesh and many more, RCJJ runs a “Help Desk” which functions like a May I Help You desk which:
Provides information and awareness to people who get caught or are rescued into the Juvenile Justice System free of cost.
Helps children through rehabilitation related services like education, vocation training, de-addiction, After Care.
Provides training to police, lawyers, NGO’s, judicial officers
Engages with research related activities to make an impact for efficient working of the system.
In the whole of India, there are just a handful of organizations that work with this population of children. RCJJ being one of them. Given the demand of the kind of work being done, there is a demand from the field to increase the bandwidth of work keeping in mind the changing laws and systems and increasing costs.
Hence we are looking to raise 10 lakhs to enable us to change the life stories of at least 600 children for the year. (This is an average of 2000 Rupees per Child for legal representation, field projects and program staff). Please open your heart and help rewrite each child's story for a better future!
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