It is a fact recognized by the government and the civil society that thousands of children are routinely denied their basic human rights in developing and economically backward countries such as Bangladesh. There are many schemes that promise to protect the rights of the child but they are all affected by the acute difficulty that arises in their proper implementation.
Millions of children remain deprived of education and are forced to work long hours under extremely perilous conditions. Many of them languish in inhuman conditions in slums and squatter camps without proper hygiene or sanitation facilities.
Children are the future of any civilized society and it is necessary to ensure their physical and mental well being to ensure a healthy and intellectual society in the future. Social organizations have begun to recognize the lack of application shown by government run organizations in resolving these issues and are therefore taking major initiatives to resolve the problem at grassroots level.
Several programs have been chalked out to create the right atmosphere for the socio-physiological development of women and children so that they can enjoy a life that is qualitatively better than the present filthy conditions that they live in.
Bangladesh receives more than a million rural migrants every year. Most of them are forced to live in conditions that are completely unfit for humans. Very often, young children including minors of the family are forced to take up work for sheer survival. Infants are therefore left unattended or in the custody of their siblings. This is at the cost of their welfare and schooling. Most of the children living under such conditions lose their childhood rights, are completely neglected and left to live off the streets.
Most of the times mothers are left to raise the children themselves singlehandedly without the support of male members. In such instances, they have to take care of the child and also carry out their daily work to be able to survive.
Non-government organizations have done commendable work over the past couple of years in understanding the gravity of the situation and the impact that it can have on the future of the country and its economy.
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