The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been set up in July, 2007 as a statutary body under Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act 2005 (4 of 2006) to protect, promote and defend child rights in the state. In the act, a child has been defined as a human being below the age of eighteen years. Child Rights as per Section 2(b) of the Act, includes the rights provided under the CRC. The major standards for children prescribed in the CRC are as follows:
(a) The child is protected against all forms of discrimination, based upon race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national ethnic or social origine, property, disability, birth or other status.
(b)In all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.
(c)The child shall have the right to identity, name and nationality
(d)Every child has the inherent right to life, survival and development, including the right to the highest attainable standard of health to facilities for the treatment of illness, the right to education, which shall be directed to the development of the child's personality, talent and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential; and the right to benefit from social security.
(e)A child has right to rest & leisure, & to engage in play and recreational activities.
(f) Every child has a right to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.
(g)No child shall be subjected to illicit transfer, abduction, sale or traffic for any purpose or in any form.
(h)Views of the child are to be given due weightage
(i) A child shall not be separated from parents against their will, except when such separation is necessary for the best interest of the child.
(j)A child deprived of family environment, shall be entitled to special protection and assistance provided by the state.