Lion cubs of the Caliph: What’s next for ISIS’ child soldiers?

Lion cubs of the Caliph: What’s next for ISIS’ child soldiers?

Kasswara joined ISIS when he was 14. “We were the ‘cleaners’ group. Cleaning means slitting the throats of those who belong to the other side and are hiding,” the teenager from Raqqa, Syria, said. “A guy from my area was decapitated by ISIS because of me. People had their hands chopped off because of... Continua »
India: Sex with wife below 18 years of age is rape

India: Sex with wife below 18 years of age is rape

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday 11/10 ruled that sex with wife aged below 18 years would be a punishable offence under the Indian Penal Code. A public interest litigation was filed in the apex court seeking to allow a bride below 18 years of age to file a FIR... Continua »
When NGOs save children who don’t want to be saved

When NGOs save children who don’t want to be saved

An interesting article by Neil Howard, from Al-Jazeera.   The Guardian recently featured a heart-rending story about children rescued from trafficking in Togo, paralleling a previous story on the same subject in Benin. Both reports painted a picture that will be familiar to many: ruthless employers exploiting the innocent; parents... Continua »
Indigenous children of Bangladesh at risk of forced religious conversion

Indigenous children of Bangladesh at risk of forced religious conversion

There is an alarming presence of forced religious conversion of indigenous children at the hands of radical Islamists in Bandarban. Muslim fanatics seduce underprivileged families with scopes of a better education and lifestyle for their children, and forcefully convert the children in madrasas in Dhaka without their parents’ knowledge. Over... Continua »
Bangladesh’s law to allow “some” child marriages is “step backwards”

Bangladesh’s law to allow “some” child marriages is “step backwards”

This article is the continuation of the previous discussion begun in: Bangladesh: girls’ marriage allowed at “any age” in special circumstances (not specified…) The previous bill proposed to lower the girl’s minimum age for marriage to 16 years. The so-called “civil society” and various NGOs have pressured to amend the bill.... Continua »