KARACHI: Children aged between 14 to 16 years, holding banners as well as toys and with tape stuck on their mouth staged a rally in front of Sindh Assembly Building to draw attention of the lawmakers towards their right of safe and healthy youth.
The kids fast progressing towards puberty on Wednesday adopted a unique way to make the adult population realize their social, physical and emotional needs coupled with the right to be protected against exploitation that exposes many of them to serious health conditions including acquired immuno deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immuno suppression virus (HIV).
The banners carried by them were inscribed with messages, both in urdu and english, about their basic rights that have been clearly indicated through Quranic injunctions and also guaranteed under the
constitution of the country.
The kids including both girls and boys, pertaining to different schools in the city, through the platform of ‘Ahad’ (Commitment) also urged their parents and caretakers to develop an understanding about the true needs of their offspring.
It was stressed that timely and adequate care and guidance by the parents and senior members of the family, followed by those of teachers – if available- could strengthen emotional, intellectual and cognitive skills of the children.
Emotional stability of children was cited to be the key to help them lead a sound, protected and risk free life.