Delhi children set to get right to play after panel backs provision of green spaces in every neighbourhood

Posted on Nov 29 2015 - 7:23pm by admin

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) is planning to come out with a full-fledged, special report on children’s right to play soon, and the report will also highlight the importance of having parks in all the localities. 

The report, which will be tabled by the commission, will also give minute details on the condition of the parks in the national Capital. 

On May 6, the Delhi High Court had directed all the agencies in charge of Delhi’s many parks to uphold the right of children to play by adopting a policy and ensuring its implementation. 

On April 20, Mail Today had reported how the space allocated for kids to play is being used for other purposes like car parking (Picture for representation only) 

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On April 20, Mail Today had reported how the space allocated for kids to play is being used for other purposes like car parking (Picture for representation only)

In the judgment, the court gave the authority to DCPCR to intervene in the matter and suggest measures to issues related to the upkeep and maintenance of the parks in the national Capital. 

“It is extremely important for everyone to understand the need of parks. We receive many complaints where children are not allowed to play in the parks. Sometimes, the parks are not even maintained. We are working on this report and will soon come out with it,” Arun Mathur, chairperson, DCPCR, told Mail Today. 

The petition was registered after taking cognizance of a letter dated April 12, 2014, by Supreme Court judge, Justice Kurian Joseph, who had drawn attention to the deplorable condition of Children’s Park near India Gate and Lake Park near Sarojini Nagar. 

The judgment also pointed out that the High Court would be keeping a close watch. 

“The disposal of the petition will not come in the way of this court on its own or the amicus curiae or any other person reviving these proceedings, if the need arises,” the judgment concluded. 

“We are obtaining a list of parks from various agencies, randomly assigning officers to check the ground-level reality and then putting together a few cases. We had also written to all the agencies involved for the upkeep and maintenance of the parks,” added Mathur. 

The commission has also uploaded a notice, which talks about the High Court order and provides the contact details for any complaints, on its website. 

The commission in the last few months has received many complaints from the residents, pointing out the lax attitude of civic agencies. 

Only 16 of the North Corporation’s 2,920 parks are for children. 

East Corporation has 2,058 parks, of which 114 are children’s parks. South Corporation has 6,400 with 190 children’s parks, while NDMC has 211 children’s parks and DDA 239. 

On April 20, Mail Today had reported how the space allocated for children to play is being occupied and used for other purposes like car parking. 

A ground-reality check by Mail Today saw that even the Delhi Development Authority and various municipal corporations are doing nothing to preserve the essential right of the children to play in parks. 

Doctors in the city are also worried over the increasing incidences of over-weight children and adolescents. Staying indoors is becoming one of the biggest reasons of obesity among kids. 

“With the rapidly changing lifestyle, children prefer to remain indoors engaging in activities like watching television, playing video games or spending a lot of time infront of computers which makes them physically unfit. 

“The dependence on outside food for many strapped for time parents is also another reason for the burgeoning waistlines of schoolgoing children. Busy parents depend on instant food which are high in fat, oil, sugars, salt and preservatives,” Dr Ashish Bhanot, Senior Weight Loss Surgeon, Apollo Spectra Hospitals, told Mail Today. 

The High Court directed all agencies in charge of Delhi’s parks to uphold the right of children to play

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The High Court directed all agencies in charge of Delhi’s parks to uphold the right of children to play

Obese children are prone to developing hypertension, diabetes and coronary artery disease early compared to others. 

Experts suggest that the best way of tackling obesity among children is by keeping a check on the number of calories going in and the calories being burnt through physical activity. 

Avoid giving direct sugars like sweets and starchy foods; make them eat fruits, vegetables and proteins. 

Have carbohydrates, non-vegetarian and fatty food in moderation. 

“Inadequate exposure to sunlight also acts as a contributing factor, causing Vitamin D deficiency in children. Vitamin D deficiency plays a big role in problem related to metabolism and weak metabolism eventually leads to obesity,” added Dr Bhanot. 

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