Importance of Girl Child and the Law Throughout India-A Study

R. Marimuthu


Children and childhood across the world have broadly been considered in terms of a “Golden Age1” that is synonymous with innocence freedom, joy, play and the like. It is the time when spread the rigorous of adult life, one hardly shoulders and kind of responsibility or obligations.

Loyd de mause, another historian, in the history of childhood painted a very negative image of childhood and family life in the past. In fact he went to the extent of saying that the history of childhood is a night mare from which we have only recently one goes, the lower the level of child care and the more likely children are to be killed abandoned, beaten, terrorized and sexually abused. Today offcourse we view abandonment of children in family tales and in legends as if it were all fantasy. Early western historians writing about children and their childhood were of the view that till the middle ages, abandonments harsh punishment and the use of fear and other life-inhibiting measures were all part of the era’s social history economics and pattern of families. No doubt the era of middle ages was rightly referred to as the dark age, perhaps an important step in the definition rights came in 1215 in England. After a period of civil war, the English nobility forced king John to limit his power, which had been absolute and virtually unchecked through the Magna Carta. Among the other things the Magna carta guaranteed that on free man should be deprived of life, liberty or property without the due process of law.likewise in ancient Indian law, especially in the laws of Manu, the child through located very near the bottom of a social pyramid was bestowed society’s protection and this protective indulgence was best reflected in matters which concerned the children, most-namely their chastisement. Children were only to be beaten with a rope or bamboo stick split at the end.

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