The use of children by political parties in election campitagn is rampant. According to a press release issued by a Coalition of Child Rights, different political parties have used 853 children against Election Code of Conduct.
As per the report of child rights monitoring carried out by the Central Child Welfare Board on province no 3, 4 and 6, where first round of election was held on May 14, such number of children was used on 37 political events.
The children were found used on different political events including rally, election gatherings, and door-to-door campaign. Likewise, children were also used as volunteers on the election day as well as in victory rallies, stated the report reports media.
“It is the right of children to be aware about country's political activities and to put their views, using children in political activities by parties for their interest cannot be considered as child rights,” said Executive Director of the Board, Tarak Dhital. “The Board had immediately sent letter to the concerned parties after it found children used in political events.”