A lot is being said and written on the occasion of Independence Day. But what do the future of our nation, the children feel about our democracy. What do they feel about Equality in Indian Democracy? Are they excited about this? This write-up by Hiya Choudhury, a seventh standard student of DPS Guwahati tells a poignant story. It was written by her as part of civics summer vacation homework based on ‘Equality in Indian Democracy’.
An incident in my life in which my dignity was violated and how I felt about it
I am 12 years old and I love to play badminton. I have not only participated in Intra & Inter school badminton competitions but have also taken part in some state level tournaments. My parents have registered me with the Board of Sports of Assam under the Ministry of Sports and Youth* Welfare Govt of Assam to train and practice the game at Kanaklata Indoor stadium Guwahati.
But sadly, I and my fellow players are being deprived and not allowed to utilize all the five courts available at Kanaklata Indoor Stadium. Board of Sports Assam have gifted three of the five courts to be used by players who are not registered with Board of Sports Assam but can afford to pay more fees to an NGO (nongovernment organisation).
Denying “Right to Equal Opportunities”, “Right to Equality”, Right against Discrimination” and “Right to be protected from Social Injustice” as enshrined in the Constitution of India at a government / public social service facility, is where my dignity is being violated by the Government of Assam.
I feel I do not belong to this state. I feel like a second class citizen of this state. I feel frustrated.
I want justice under the provisions of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and Child Rights under UN Convention.
I want to play in a fair and just environment.
I hope the Chairperson of the Board of Sports of Assam that is the Chief Minister of Assam Sri Tarun Gogoi is listening.
*Youth is defined as aged between 15 and 29 years in The National Youth Policy 2014 by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) Govt of India and as aged between 15 to 24 years by United Nations Organisation. Hence providing sports facilities to persons above that age at infrastructure facilities under Sports and Youth Welfare Department Govt of Assam such as Kanaklata Indoor Stadium is grossly inappropriate.
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