Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan emphasized the government’s responsibility to protect children’s rights and called for concerted efforts to address the challenges faced by Palestinian children in the ongoing conflict with Israel. In a Facebook post on Children’s Day, commemorating Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday, Vijayan highlighted the dire situation of Palestinian children during the war and urged collective action to ensure their safety and rehabilitation.
Vijayan asserted that the availability of nutritious food, healthcare, and quality education is the inherent right of every child worldwide, and safeguarding these rights is a fundamental responsibility of governments. He emphasized the vision of the architects of the Constitution, envisioning an India where violence and exploitation against children would be eliminated.
Expressing deep concern about global atrocities against children, Vijayan specifically addressed the distressing images of victimized children in the Israel-Palestine conflict. He cited that as many as 4,609 children have been killed in Gaza alone in the Israeli attack against Palestine. Vijayan described the faces of seriously injured and orphaned children as a scar in human consciousness.
Vijayan asserted that these tragedies will persist until Israel’s aggression, supported by imperialist forces, comes to an end. He called on progressive forces worldwide to unite and raise their voices against this injustice. Vijayan urged collective action to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of Palestinian children, making Children’s Day a reminder of this imperative.
The Chief Minister took pride in declaring Kerala a model for the entire country in terms of child rights. In the Facebook post, he unequivocally stated that his government would not compromise in cases involving violence against children.