While we believe in constitutional provisions to enforce the fundamental rights of children, we also advocate new laws and amendments to existing ones whenever gaps are found in legislation and governance.
Our legal interventions include filing public interest litigations (PILs) for mobilising support on child protection. We have filed a number of writ petitions and are behind some landmark Supreme Court judgments on child rights. These led to significant policy changes, helping us create a safe and friendly environment for children in India. We started the All India Legal Aid Services on Child Rights (AILASCR) in 2009 with the aim to ensure access to justice in cases of crimes against children. AILASCR was established in collaboration with the National Legal Services Authority and the Delhi State Legal Services Authority.
AILACCR at a Glance
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BBA recognises that the legal system can play a critical role in the effective implementation of child protection laws and welfare measures. Our legal interventions are acknowledged in the drafting of child-centric laws and supplementary rules. Various legal strategies are developed to ensure easy access to justice, formation of child-centric policies and improvements in existing legislation. This is done by filing petitions, giving legal representations, liaisoning and networking with lawyers and activists within and outside courtrooms to advance legal rights.
Any child who needs protection, or who is in conflict with the law, is advocated by BBA through its empanelled lawyer. The All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights, in collaboration with the National and the Delhi State Legal Services Authority, was started by BBA to ensure access to justice to children for crimes committed against them. BBA manages the All India Legal Aid Services on Child Rights to provide legal assistance to children. So far, over 5,000 children have been provided legal representation.
Public Interest Litigation
Through legal intervention, BBA has invoked Article 32 to file public interest litigations aimed at protecting the welfare of children. This has led to significant policy changes to liberate children. In the last decade, the following PILs that BBA filed led to significant policy changes:
Supreme Court of India
As India’s leading child rights organisation and a subject matter expert, we participate in the government’s law drafting process and provide consultancy in policy formation. From trainings, workshops, consultations and lectures at various platforms, to preparing learning material for manuals and stand operating procedures, we work to create the best and an all-encompassing learning and developing environment for child protection. We draft SOPs for governments to lay down the ideal code of conduct with on specific issues pertaining to child protection.
Formulated the 2016 Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Model Rules as part of the Women and Child Development Ministry’s core drafting panel.
In collaboration with the Women and Children Development Ministry, drafted the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill that was subsequently passed by the Cabinet.
Effected amendment to the 1986 Child Labour (Protection and Regulation) Act to include complete prohibition of child labour and regulation of adolescent labour for children between 14 and 18 years of age.
Drafting of Standard Operating Procedure for Child Labour Free India, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment.