The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/72/361-S/2017/821) issued on 24 August 2017.
ASHA worker holds hand of a new born child at the Anganwadi Children’s centre in Gandhigram Village, India 2017. @UNICEF
Children continued to be affected by incidents of violence between armed groups and the Government, in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, as well as tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Developments and Concerns
The Government is called upon to develop appropriate mechanisms to protect children from recruitment, as well as to separate and reintegrate recruited children, and is urged to ensure the protection of children from any form of violence in the context of civil unrest or law and order operations.
2016 Reported Figures
Civilians and Children Killed
Schools Burned or Partially Damaged
Reported incidents of the Recruitment and Use of Children by armed groups were unable to be verified, owing to access restrictions for monitoring and reporting. Armed groups reportedly resorted to abduction and threats against parents in order to recruit children, who subsequently underwent military training and served as messengers, informants or guards in child squads.
Killing and Maiming: Children continued to be killed and injured in the context of operations of national security forces against Maoist armed groups. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the number of civilians killed in these encounters increased to 213, compared with 171 in 2015.
Attacks on Schools: according to government information, at least 30 schools were burned and partially destroyed by armed groups in Jammu and Kashmir. In addition, government reports confirmed the military use of 4 schools by security forces in that region for several weeks.