Localising De-Institutionalisation: The Potentials of Article 20 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Context of Rajasthan, India

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@article{7c9b6551956d41339766ca2aec8ac315,
title = "Localising De-Institutionalisation: The Potentials of Article 20 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Context of Rajasthan, India",
abstract = "Article 20 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Childrecognises the vulnerability of children growing up outside a familyenvironment, and sets the ground for the paradigm of {\textquoteleft}institutions asa last resort{\textquoteright}. However, {\textquoteleft}care homes{\textquoteright} or {\textquoteleft}hostels{\textquoteright} are still common formsof alternative care solutions for children from impoverished familiesin India. This article asks to what extent the clear impetus towardsde-institutionalisation in human rights discourses, especially amonginternational NGOs, has potential to change such practices. The studycontributes to a body of scholarship on {\textquoteleft}localising children{\textquoteright}s rights{\textquoteright} bypresenting findings from an ethnographic case study of an institutionfor HIV-infected/affected children in Rajasthan, India. The institution inquestion played a range of social functions other than childcare such aseducation, a means for parents to rescue their children from extremepoverty, and a supportive and de-stigmatised environment for thecommunity of people living with HIV/AIDS. The article argues thatsocial functions of existing institutions should be taken into accountwhen developing rights-based de-institutionalisation strategies.",
author = "Therese Mortensen",
year = "2018",
language = "English",
volume = "5",
journal = "Asia in Focus",
issn = "2446-0001",
publisher = "Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)",

}