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Although it is often assumed that children are not aware of their rights, the study found that on an average, more than 90 per cent of the boys and girls were aware of their socio-economic rights. While 93 per cent urban children knew about their socio-economic rights, in the rural areas 90 per cent children had such awareness.
An overwhelming majority of interviewees regarded food, clothes, shelter, healthcare, water, education as their right.
Interestingly, some children believed that being employed was their right: “Things we need for a living is our right,” said a boy child of the coastal areas in the Sundarbans.
Among the respondents, more than 1 percent children were marriedsome of them were parents themselves. To those child parents, child rights meant ensuring better food, better education, better home, better clothes and better healthcare for their children.
Almost 62 per cent of children who took part in a recent Opinion Poll think that child rights are overlooked by political aspirants and leaders as children do not vote. In Bangladesh, more than 90 per cent children are aware of their rights.
Overall, 70 per cent of urban and rural children mentioned that the rights of rural and poor children are overlooked by political aspirants and leaders.