10 practical ideas to prevent domestic abuse from continuing

While domestic abuse is distressingly common, it is equally normal for the victim to receive little or no assistance in dealing with an abusive partner or member of the family. Sadly, the “mind your own business” mentality continues to triumph against all logic. It does not seem to strike people that if marriage is not supposed to include abuse, abusive behavior between married people cannot be considered the “relationship”. Absurd social assumptions of privacy continue…

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School Reloaded

This article takes off from the previous one exploring the natural rights of children that are abused casually. So here, I am looking at schools. Let me say upfront that I am not “designing an overhaul” and I don’t believe I should. Public services should always be designed by consensus, hopefully with some input or observation of children. The following isn’t intended to be a working model of education, but a set of goals that should be…

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Child Rights: A new look at child abuse

Child rights are our future. The most vulnerable, exploited and unrepresented minority ANYWHERE in the world is children. Child abuse is a process of disrespect, hurt and neglect and most children are abused. I’ll go right ahead and say almost every child is abused at some point or the other. This post looks beyond the “bona fide” abuse that is recognized socially and legally and looks at practices we consider acceptable, which are not in…

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Bonded labour: A slave for food in fast developing India

I read the shocking plight of Jawahar Manjhi, a farm labourer in Bihar, working for 27 years to reply a loan of about 40 kg of rice for a family wedding. Those 40kgs turned out to be slave food. They agreed that he would work for a day for each kilo. Even for a slave, food is still a necessity. Today, 27 years later, he has needed to borrow more rice, and is still working…

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