Report: There are 3000 Child Soldiers in India

A report released by last week by the Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) found that there are currently as many as 3000 child soldiers in India. The report has been brought to the attention of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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“The recruitment of child soldiers is rampant and hundreds of children remain involved in the conflicts,” the report says. However, the Indian Government denies the existence of any child soldiers.

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Last year, suspected insurgents in northeast India’s Manipur state abducted three teenage boys. Despite a missing-persons complaint and a police search, they were never found. In Manipur, as well as several other Indian states, it is not uncommon for children to be kidnapped by insurgent groups to be turned into child soldiers. Indeed, around the same time as the boys went missing, five teenage girls laid down arms in front of police in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, a stronghold of Maoist rebels. They had been kidnapped from their village in 2008.

(MORE:India’s Northeast: How a Troubled Region May Be a Global Flash Point)

Stories like these have been circulating for years, but officials have largely chosen to ignore or downplay the problem. A new study may shake them out of silence: a report released last week by the New Delhi–based Asian Centre for Human Rights…

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4 Responses to Report: There are 3000 Child Soldiers in India

  1. The photograph displayed is not of Indian children. To be very precise, they are child soldiers belonging to the banned terrorist outfit of Sri Lanka and ie: LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam).

  2. Maggie Thom says:

    That is so heart breaking. I can’t imagine the terror those poor kids have to live through. Their families. And then the things they are expected to do. 😦 Thank you for sharing.

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