Saturday December 14, 2019

Controversy over DPS Ranchi’s ‘One-Child Policy’

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Ranchi: Delhi Public School’s offer of a preferential admission and fee waiver to single girl child with the condition that the parents must promise not to have another child in future has created much unrest.

As per media reports, the school’s proposition of ‘One-Child Policy’ has set an air of agitation amongst parents who queued up for admission in October this year.

Ranchi Abhibhawak Manch, a parents’ association, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Jharkhand high court, seeking judicial intervention. According to the association, a written oath was not only illegal, but it also violated human rights.

DPS Ranchi, which demands an affidavit from parents of single girl child said it is in the larger interest of the girl child. On Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Virender Singh and Justice PP Bhatt came to the conclusion that it was wrong to demand such an affidavit from parents. Notices were sent to the state government, DPS Ranchi and its parent body — DPS Society in Delhi — seeking their replies within four weeks.

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North Korea Economy: Private Markets Target of Corruption, Human Rights Abuses

North Korea’s state-run rationing system collapsed in the mid-1990s amid a devastating famine and economic crisis

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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana gestures as he attends a press conference, June 7, 2018 in Geneva. VOA

North Koreans eking out a living in the country’s thriving, informal private markets are regularly subjected to corruption and various forms of human rights abuses, according to a new United Nations report.

North Korea’s state-run rationing system collapsed in the mid-1990s amid a devastating famine and economic crisis, leading to the creation of unofficial commercial markets in the socialist regime.

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Informal private markets are regularly subjected to corruption and various forms of human rights abuses, according to a new United Nations report. Pixabay

The report by the U.N.’s Office of Human Rights says the failure to legitimize these markets has exposed ordinary North Koreans to potential arrest, prosecution and detention. Corrupt, low-paid officials use the threat of arrest to extort bribes from people with the ability and willingness to pay.

The U.N. report was based on interviews from 214 North Koreans who have defected from the regime and resettled in South Korea.

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The report blames the situation on the priority the regime places on supporting its military and developing its nuclear weapons program over adequately providing for its people. (VOA)