When three missing children living in an Bengaluru orphanage were brought to register for Aadhaar cards (India's resident identification card), it was discovered they already had cards issued in their names. Authorities were able to track their parents using the card, and the children were reunited with their families.
The approved Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Child Protection Bill 2017 by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, which safeguards minors from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in compliance with constitutional provisions and international obligations, is a step forward in the right direction - but student Hammad Asif expresses lingering concerns about reporting incidents of child abuse and neglect.
The National Assembly's rights panel in Pakistan passed two bills to strengthen protective measures for children: The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill 2017, which ensures the protection and care of all children, including unattended orphans; and the Juvenile Justice System Bill 2017, which aims to make special provisions for the legal protection of children.
Kate van Doore - Griffith University Law School, Forget Me Not5 Jul 2017
In this video, Kate van Doore describes the process of 'paper orphaning,' a term coined to characterize how children are recruited and trafficked into orphanages to gain profits through international funding and orphanage tourism.
Sumithra Prasanna & Ray Yeh - CNA Insider21 Jun 2017
This six part video series follows Jyothi Svahn, who, believing she was 'stolen' and trafficked as an 'orphan', goes on a multi-country hunt for her birth family - and uncovers an international adoption industry built on lies, greed and heartbreak.
Although Sri Lanka's common law does not allow underage marriages, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) allows community leaders to determine the marriage age. Muslim women activists are now coming forward to open up a discussion about reform, including the young girl featured in this article.
Ray Yeh, Desmond Ng, & Sumithra Prasanna - CNA Insider10 Jun 2017
This article features the 6-part web-series "Manufacturing Orphanages," which follows of Jyothi Svahn as she returns to India several years after her adoption in search of her birth family and reveals the "demand-driven" nature of the international adoption system and how it fuels the trafficking of poor children living in residential care.
Officials from the Kancheepuram Child Welfare Committee (CWC), who had gone to rescue five orphan children from an unregistered home in St. Thomas Mount (Chennai, India) on Wednesday, found that they had gone missing.
Sushmitha Ramakrishnan - Express News Service23 May 2017
Nearly three dozen unregistered children's homes in Chennai, India were asked to shut down until they obtain legal registration. A total of 1,250 children from 34 homes were rehabilitated from the temporarily closed homes into some of the 49 registered homes in the city where there reportedly is spare capacity.
Following allegations that a home in Kerala, India had misappropriated funds and detained children, including 54 from Tamil Nadu, a child welfare committee in Ernakulam has directed the institution to trace their biological families.