Asma Jahangir, former chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, is a reputed lawyer who has devoted her energies to the cause of women, children, minorities and bonded labourers in Pakistan. She has been a Vice Chairperson of Defence for Children International, based in Geneva, and remains on its board. She is also a Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Montreal. She is a visiting fellow of the Human Rights Program at the Harvard Law School. MARK DOUCET is a Canadian lawyer who has worked with AGHS Legal Aid Cell in Pakistan. He has done extensive research on juvenile delinquency in developing countries.
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
Millions of children in Pakistan live short and painful lives, suffering the worst forms of exploitation and neglect. Such injustice is often explained away as a direct result of the abject poverty in which their families live.
Yet lethargic legislatures, uncaring judges and poor planning by the state must share in the guilt of ignoring the pains and rights of such children. This book sets out to put the record straight. It argues that approaches to the question of child prisoners should require a totally new, care-oriented discipline, especially where legal rights are concerned.
The book examines the extent to which laws are actually applied in practice. Recommendations are then offered to correct the deficiencies in the system. An added bonus for lawyers and human rights organizations involved in the defense for children’s rights is the inclusion of eleven thoroughly updated appendices containing all relevant laws and amendments.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS