To the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

and

Hon'ble Members of Parliament

Every child has the right to a childhood – a time in life to learn, play, grow, develop, and feel safe and protected.

But India is at a crossroads, and we are heading in the wrong direction.

India ranks as low as 116th among 172 countries for children to live happily. A childhood does not end by accident. We are turning our back on millions of children, just because of who they are and where they live.

Childhoods around India are being cut short due to ill health, child labour, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, or being forced to leave school to work.

And these lost childhoods are a result of choices that exclude children by design or neglect – a key barrier being insufficient, inefficient and unequal public investment in children.

We must act now to change this course. We are therefore urgently calling on our lawmakers to ensure that all children have the right to a full and complete childhood.

Specifically we are asking the Government to:

1.Increase and improve public revenues spent on children, and remove cost barriers to basic services

2.Change laws and behaviours that are robbing children of their childhood

3.Guarantee minimum financial security for all children

4.Ensure children participate in decision making

Together we are powerful. Let’s stand up for children and ensure that no child is robbed of their childhood.

Sign the petition to India's lawmakers and be part of the global movement for a full and complete childhood.