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Shekhar P. Seshadri & Kaveri I. Haritas

In: Challenging the Rule(s) of Law: Colonialism, Criminology and Human Rights in India

Chapter 8: Preserving Wellness and Personhood: A Psychosocial Approach to the Child

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Preserving Wellness and Personhood: A Psychosocial Approach to the Child
Preserving wellness and personhood: A psychosocial approach to the child
ShekharP.Seshadri and KaveriI.Haritas

Do you hear

the plaintive cry

for personhood, for wholeness?

Be strong, dear system

and look with clear eye

upon these little beings

Broken in body

and equally in spirit…

An identity

fragmented

by the desires

and callousness

of the adult world.

Be compassionate, dear system

for it is

only you

who can be the bridge

between their entitlement

and its thwarting

on a stormy night…

(Shekhar P. Seshadri)

In the legal framework, where adulthood is the minimum essential to be heard, where childhood is conceptualised conflictingly in terms of protection, invisibility and punishment, and where childhood means lack of a voice and the right to be taken seriously, children find themselves as the most vulnerable and marginalised group, lacking the power to bargain ...

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