National Consultation on Child Rights

Venue: Sambhawana Institute of Public Policy and Politics, Kandbari, Palampur, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Organized by HAQ Centre for Child Rights, Antakshari Foundation & Centre for Constitutional Rights-Human Rights Law Network’


Day 1: April 28




9:30 am-10:00 am

Welcome of Participants

Introduction of the Meeting

Introduction of Facilitators & Setting of Rules to be observed by all the participants & Facilitators throughout the meeting

Govind Beniwal


Anant Kumar Asthana


Self-introduction and sharing of expectations by Participants

(Tea and snacks will be served at this stage)

Nicole Menezes


Session I:

Child Rights as Human Rights: Key Concept and Principles

Bharti Ali and Enakshi Ganguli

13:00 pm -14:00 pm


Lunch Break


14:00 pm-15:00 pm

Session II:

Human Rights Mechanism & Their relevance for lawyers

Enakshi Ganguli and Bharti Ali

15:00 pm-16:00 pm

Session III:

Evolution of Child rights in India: History, Movement and Contemporary Issues

Enakshi Ganguli


Screening of Films aimed on identification of Child Rights Violations followed by open session & experience-sharing by participants

Govind Beniwal and Bharti Ali


Day 2: April 29 

9:00am-9:30 am

Recap of previous day by two lawyers


9:30 am-11:00am

Session V:

Role of Judiciary and Key Cases on Childrens' Rights

Colin Gonsalves

11:00am- 12:00pm

Session VI:

Juvenile Justice: Panel Discussion

Anant Kumar Asthana


Session VII:

Sexual Offences Against Children: Panel Discussion

Bharti Ali

13:00pm- 14:00pm

Lunch Break



Session VIII:

Right to Education

Govind Beniwal


Session IX:

Child Labour

Enakshi Ganguly


Session X:

Open Session on Juvenile Justice, Sexual Offences Against Children, Right to Education and Child Labour

Moderated by Nicole Menezes


Day 3: April 30

9:00am- 9:30pm

Recap of previous day by ywo Lawyers


9:30am- 11:00am

Session XI:

Litigation in Trial Courts and Juvenile Justice Boards: Strategies & Challenges

Zishaan Iskandri, Rachit Gupta, Ashish Kumar


Session XII:

Trafficking & Missing Children 

Bharti Ali


Session XIII:

Child Marriage

Govind Beniwal


Lunch Break



Session XIV:

Children with Disabilities, HIV-Positive Children, Mental Health, Drug & Substance Abuse [Panel Discussion]

Swati Sood

[More to be confirmed]


Session XV

Right to Food

Deepika Sahney

16:00pm- 17:00pm

Session XVI:

Open Session on Trafficking, Missing Children, Child Marriage, Children with Disabilities, HIV Positive Children, Mental Health,  Drug & Substance Abuse and Right to Food

Nicole Menezes


Day 4: May 1


Recap of Previous day by ywo Lawyers



Session XVII:

Child Protection System in India

Nicole Menezes


Session XVIII:

Contemporary Laws and Conflict on Children Issues

Govind Beniwal, Bharti Ali


Lawyering for Children

[Panel Discussion]

Govind Beniwal

Bharti Ali

Nicole Menezes


Lunch Break


14:00pm -15:00 pm

Plan of Action and way forward

Enakshi Ganguly

Venue — Sambhawana Institute of Public Policy and Politics, Kandbari, Palampur, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh