STREET CHILDREN AND BROKEN PERCEPTION: A Childs Right Perspectives

Lilis Mulyani

Abstract

Anak jalanan merupakan salah satu potret kemiskinan di daerah perkotaan
di Indonesia. Mereka menjalani kehidupan yang keras, tidak hanya untuk
menghidupi diri mereka, namun kadang-kadang mereka juga harus
menghadapi orang-orang dewasa yang seringkali melakukan kekerasan dalam
berbagai bentuk terhadap mereka. Kehidupan jalanan yang keras dan tanpa
pengawasan orang dewasa merubah pola dan sikap mereka sehingga membuat
mereka melakukan hal-hal yang dianggap tidak wajar untuk seorang anak.
Mereka memecahkan persepsi masyarakat yang sudah terbentuk tentang
kehidupan seorang anak. Kehidupan mereka oleh banyak ahli sosiologi
disebut sebagai sebuah bentuk dari sub kebudayaan (sub-culture) dari budaya
masyarakat yang ada. Namun dibalik kerasnya hidup dan sikap mereka,
bagaimanapun mereka tetaplah anak-anak yang membutuhkan perlindungan.
Pendekatan yang dilakukan harus bisa memahami suara-suara mereka, jika
tidak, segala upaya membantu dan melindungi mereka akan sia-sia.
Kata kunci: anak jalanan, hak anak, sub-kebudayaan

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