Fellow Since 2002
Child Protection program
This profile was prepared when Maharukh Adenwalla was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
India's effort to provide a legal framework that complies with U.N. conventions on child rights has been piecemeal at best, touching on some aspects, but ignoring many others. Public interest litigators have been able to use case law to create some pressures, but the laws have been neither institutionalized nor codified. Responding to what she sees as a critical need, Maharukh has mapped out and started on a path toward instituting a legal framework for comprehensive child rights. She is identifying gaps in current law and organizing the legal profession to undertake a long-term campaign toward filling them. Maharukh is also mounting a nationwide campaign to incorporate into Indian law the protection for child victims of sexual abuse.