This 'story' started days before it was carried by The Times of India on 8th May 2014. We went to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of our district so that they could give orders to the concerned government departments to help Chandni and many other malnourished children like her. In our view, and also if you use your common sense, these children do fall in the category of 'children in need of care and protection' and therefore their cases should be rightfully heard by the Bench. Unfortunately, the Chairperson told us verbally and also gave in writing that this case is not within their purview; that within the framework of Juvenile Justice Act, a child in need of care and protection is broadly someone who doesn't have parents to look after him or her. Therefore, we were forced to conclude that malnourished children do not fall under the category of children who can be cared for by the Bench since technically, they do have parents, however pathetic and challenged their situation might be.
Feeling somewhat dejected by CWC's response, we felt grateful when The Times of India found it a worthy theme to be written about in their paper. Red FM spotted that story and began the 'Chandni ka dabba' campaign last Friday, asking for donations for helping Chandni. In just two days flat, we have collected roughly more than Rs. 30,000 for the cause, which is not a small amount. Not only that, many people have messaged us and promised to donate more money for her in the coming days. Celebrities like Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha have also added their star power to this campaign by urging people to donate generously for this cause.
We from Pardarshita thank you all for saving Chandni's life by your timely contribution!
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