This essay was originally published on the Latika Roy Foundation page, and has been reprinted here with permission.
I always thought the Latika Roy Foundation‘s child protection policy covered pretty much everything. Under it, all violence – verbal or physical – is forbidden. Consequences for violating the rule are swift and severe. Because every single child is precious and fragile and unrepeatable. They depend upon the adults in their life to keep them safe and secure and it’s our job to protect them.
We are well-known in town for this. I once interviewed a woman who had worked in another organization in Dehradun which was a bit more tolerant of human frailty. She was looking for a job with us and she told me that in her old place of employ: “Everyone talks about the Latika Roy Foundation being different. Everyone knows you can’t get away with anything here.” She looked at me with an expression at once both conspiratorial and knowing. That expression should have tipped me off.