About Paa Lo Naa
PAALONAA works to PREVENT INFANTICIDE & ABANDONMENT of Babies
PaaLoNaa is a social awareness drive run by Ashrayani Foundation and is trying very hard to bring the un-noticed crime of murder of unwanted newborns (Infanticide) into notice. The drive has been collecting data on abandoned infants and cases of infanticide since January 2015. Simultaneously since 2015 Team, PaaLoNaa has been deeply engaged in filing RTI (Under Right To Information Act, 2005) from the various government agencies and departments. Social factors have been contributing to the rise of cases of infanticide in India. So Team PaaLoNaa has been raising awareness through social media since July 2016 via Twitter and Facebook by updating the masses on daily occurrences of cases of abandonment and Infanticide.
In most cases, these abandoned infants die even before any possible help could even reach them. The nature of killing clearly proves it to be cold-blooded murder. To raise awareness in the society Ashrayani Foundation has to date organized 4 massive Art & Photo Exhibitions along with Nukkad Natak. Over dozens of meetings with the government, bodies were organized to help raise awareness among them. PaaLoNaa is striving to bring cases of infanticide to the notice of society and authorities because ignorance is bliss.
👉TO STOP ABANDONMENT & ENSURE THE SAFETY & DIGNITY OF EVERY NEWBORN BABY 👼 (ALIVE or DEAD), PREFERABLY AT ITS OWN PLACE 🏚️
👉 A unique campaign that collects Data of Abandoned Newborns (Alive or Dead) and Infanticide Cases of India.
👉 Tries to find out the various Reasons & their Solutions.
👉 Runs Awareness, Advocacy, Sensitization Programs, Training Sessions, etc.
- Consider, register, and investigate these cases separately under IPC. Charge of murder or attempt to murder should be framed accordingly.
- Secondly, a strict law along with effective enforcement is needed against Infanticide just as feticide. As well as declaring infanticide as a non-bailable offense.
- Spreading awareness about this crime and punishment with a solution or option.
- Offer an option in the form of PALNAA or ADOPTION (Semi-Open/Open/close) SCHEME to the parents, who want to disown their infants because of circumstances or other reasons.
Initiation of Palnaa Scheme – Placement of customized baby cribs (palnaa) in prominent places of the city. These baby cribs (palnaa) will be linked up electronically with the nearby police stations/hospitals/orphanages/child lines. This plan is executed worldwide including Indiana, the Czech Republic, South Korea, China, Europe, Germany, Russia, etc. Even some parts of India also have a similar scheme to address this particular issue. Though, the UN does not approve of such measures.
Adoption Scheme – If some parents do not want to own their infants, the state can offer the option to step in the process of open or close adoption.
- Semi-Open Adoption – This refers to an adoption in which the adopters and birth parents meet once or twice and on a first-name-only basis. In addition, they may agree to exchange pictures and letters on an annual or fairly infrequent basis through the adoption arranger. (If your adoption arranger advocates a semi-open adoption, be sure to ask for an exact definition of her terms.) Sometimes a semi-open adoption later becomes an open adoption, if both parties decide that they want it that way.
- Open Adoption – Open adoption is a form of adoption in which the biological and adoptive families have access to varying degrees of each other’s personal information and have an option of contact. In Open Adoption, the adoptive parents hold all the rights as the legal parents, yet the individuals of the biological and adoptive families may exercise the option to open the contact in varying forms: sending mail and/or photos, conversation, and visits at their choice between birth and adoptive families.
- Closed Adoption – (also called “confidential” adoption and sometimes “secret” adoption) is a process by which an infant is adopted by another family, and the record of the biological parent(s) is kept sealed. This used to be the most traditional and popular type of adoption. The International Association of Adopted People does not support any form of closed adoption as it is detrimental to the psychological well-being of the adopted child. However, the emergence of non-profit organizations and private companies to assist individuals with their sealed records has been effective in helping people who want to connect with biological relatives to do so.
- A “No Question Asked Policy” should be in-place for parents who are unwilling to raise their infant.
- First Right to up-bring the abandoned infant should go to the finder and saver of the abandoned infant if he/she is willing to adopt.
- Recognition and Reward Policy should be launched to appreciate the efforts of such Lifesavers of infants.
- Persuade the government make an umbrella of all the related government, non-government and private agencies working on newborn infant issues like NGOs, Child Lines, orphanages, media, police, psychiatrists, gynecologists, pediatricians, etc. All the agencies of the Public and Private Sectors can do a collective effort to curb this problem.
- Initiate a debate in the society in the form of literature or artwork or through some other medium.
- Help the unwilling and economically incapable parents to cremate their infants as well as the abandoned infants.
We must recognize that infanticide is a crime of murder and punishment should be entitled to the parents, especially the mother. Team PaaLoNaa desires to see a better and safe world for infants & that it is not so much of a legal problem as it is a social disease. We need to truly get rid of this ill mentality and understand that our lives would be just as fulfilling, if not more if our children were to have the right to live. This is not to say that the law can play no role. We must all work together to ensure that each and every infant is given their due.
To achieve and visualize it, awareness is the key. Focus on the humanist, as well as scientific and rational approach along with sensitization of the society and of the concerned authorities is a must. Team PaaLoNaa envisions a society free of the heinous crime and sick mentality. PaaLoNaa recognizes its vision statement as a mission
“To stop abandonment and ensure the safety of every unwanted newborn baby at its own place.”
The typically hierarchical arrangement of lines of authority, communications, rights, and duties of an organization is followed by Team PaaloNaa. Our organizational structure determines how the roles, power, and responsibilities are assigned, controlled, and coordinated, and how information flows between the different levels of management. Team PaaLoNaa has a tightly held organization under Ashrayani Foundation where Mrs. Monika Gunjan Arya (Chairperson & Founder Trustee) holds supreme authority and defines the structure on which depends the organization’s objectives and strategy. She holds the decision-making power and has absolute control over various divisions of decision-making. The decision-making power is distributed and the departments and divisions may have varying different degrees of independence.
Every member of Team PaaLoNaa contributes to the best of their abilities & potential. The status of the members has been described in the constitution and Bylaws of the Ashrayani Foundation. It defines not only the members’ relationship with other members & volunteers but also, in a sense, our relationship with the public in our society. This organizational structure has helped us tackle the hurdles while executing our program in an effective manner.
Team PaaLoNaa has been supported by various sections of society through their endeavors. Most societies agree that the drive to protect and nurture one’s infant is a basic human trait. In contrast to the humanist view infanticide – the killing of an infant at the hands of a parent-has been an accepted practice for disposing of unwanted or deformed children since prehistoric times. Despite human repugnance for the act, most societies, both ancient and contemporary, have practiced infanticide. The drive PaaLoNaa has been thriving upon the good from the society and has been gaining strength to ward off this menace. The civil society in Ranchi has registered its protest against infanticide and has ever since been an active participant in the current drive. Non-Government Organizations have been actively supporting our drive.
PaaLoNaa, the social awareness drive run by Ashrayani Foundation has been gaining support from government departments as well. But still, much larger support is needed from the Government of Jharkhand to run a cooperative social awareness campaign throughout The state.
Monika Gunjan Arya
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Late Sumaiya Nausheen
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Projesh Kumar Das
Project Co-ordinatorDonated : $
Amit Kumar Singh
Public RelationsDonated : $