Addressing the National Workshop on Child Rights with Emphasis on Preventive Aspects of Child Protection Issues, Irani urged the participants to look into abuse that happens in prosperous families, that happens in powerful organizations and that happens in childcare institutions.
There is a presumption amongst many that abuse is limited to families that are poor and that the abused child is restricted to poverty, but in reality, such abuse is as much evident in prosperous families, she said.
''And how can we not as administrators, but as citizens find solutions,'' the Union Women and Child Development minister told the participants that consisted of NGOs, government officials among others.
She said the best test of a democracy is if, ''we as citizens, we as a nation can deliver justice to all children''.
''This is a workshop conducted under the aegis of 75 years of Independence and until such time that every child is afforded protection can we truly be free.
''So on your shoulders rests the freedom of a future generation so that may they grow without fear so that they may grow with confidence that if they seek justice that justice will be delivered so that they grow with the belief that what you do today in the protection of children is the flag that they will bear for their future generation,'' she said.