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Imagine a country. Call it India, if you will. Yesterday, 10,000 Indians died from entirely preventable causes. As many died the day before. And the previous day. And so on as long as anyone can remember. What do you think might happen in this imaginary land? Would the situation be declared a national calamity? Would high-powered committees work late into the night thinking up strategies to deal with the crisis? Would the media be covering any other news?
Yet 10,000 children die every single day in India. More than in any tsunami, flood, earthquake, famine or war. Reports released reveal that:
- 46% of children in India are underweight, 38% stunted and 19% wasted... their fate decided even before they turn three [National Family Health Survey, 2007]
- 53% children in India reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse [Ministry of Women and Child Development, 2007]
- There are 17 million child laborers in India [Government of India Census, 2001]
- 180 out of 581 districts in India have seen primary school enrolments fall [DISE, compiled by NUEPA]
- 88,000 schools (nearly 8%) in India still do not have a blackboard in their classes [2007 Survey by HRD Ministry, UNICEF and NEUPA]
These statistics are shocking. The reality of India almost 60 years after independence is that millions of children have their very survival threatened on a daily basis- malnutrition, illiteracy, child labor, preventable diseases, abuse and exploitation. We all know that children do not live in isolation- they belong to families, communities and society at large. They are always the most vulnerable victims of any situation, be it poverty, natural and man-made disasters, displacement, social biases and prejudices.
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