About this book
This book presents the outcomes of a field action project at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Project Chunauti (English translation: Project Challenge) focused on a group of intellectually disabled, orphan children who were survivors of abuse, exploitation and neglect, and describes their journey toward empowerment. It offers a vision and a reproducible, adaptable model for rehabilitation that can foster the social re-integration of intellectually disabled orphans at institutions. As the implementation of laws is especially important for vulnerable groups, the book also outlines a socio-legal approach that not only impacts the children directly, but can also bring about policy level reforms.
Project Chunauti was born out of the need to explore options for these children and to set standards for their care, protection, rehabilitation and social re-integration. The core objectives of the project were to provide support and services, including counseling, education, life skills and vocational skills training, as well as medical and psychiatric support to help them overcome the trauma of abuse and exploitation. Its further goal was to train the staff of state-run homes and state authorities, helping them prepare and implement care plans and rehabilitation, combat child sexual abuse and malnutrition, employ positive disciplining, and better understand disabilities. The book also draws on the Project team’s experiences of rolling out the replication process in Maharashtra.
This book highlights the role of the courts, media and other stakeholders in the journey towards empowerment and justice. It is a combination of social-work methods, application and implementation of law and legal advocacy, as well as best practices for protecting children’s rights and developing rehabilitation and re-integration projects for intellectually disabled, orphaned children in India. The interventions detailed here provide a reproducible, adaptable model of intervention for children in institutional care across the country.
- Book Title From Exploitation to Empowerment
- Book Subtitle A Socio-Legal Model of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Intellectually Disabled Children
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1718-7
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
- eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-1717-0
- Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4667-5
- eBook ISBN 978-981-13-1718-7
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XXVIII, 213
- Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Social Work and Community Development
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“Chunauti (“challenge”), a Field Action Project of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, emerged from public interest litigation initiated by the Mumbai High Court after five intellectually disabled orphan children died in a state-aided institution in Maharashtra, India. The project aimed to reform state care systems to provide intellectually disabled children with the education, care, and dignity guaranteed by law. This book details the court directions, media coverage, factual findings, state agency responses, and legal foundation for development of this rehabilitation model to integrate intellectually disabled children into society and ready them for independent living.
Policymakers, lawyers, child and disability rights advocates, students, and other readers who seek models of collaboration to bring about systemic change will find this book a gripping and provocative read.” (Prof. Jane Ellen Schukoske, Advisor, S M Sehgal Foundation, India)
“On 24 August, 2010, Mumbai Mirror reported the death of 5 intellectually disabled orphan children in a government-recognized and aided home in Thane district, Maharashtra. The deaths were a result of the malnutrition, neglect, and abuse they endured. Further investigation also revealed a history of physical abuse and sexual assault. Following this disclosure, Asha Bajpai, Professor of Law at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, was appointed amicus curiae by the Bombay High Court. This book traces the journey of the children who were rescued and rehabilitated through Project Chunnauti.
This book is an important resource for all those who wish to undertake a similar journey to empower children with intellectual disabilities so that they can be protected and empowered.” (Enakshii Ganguly, Co- Founder- HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi, India)