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Statistics of Underprivileged India Children

Child Rights are not About Donating Blankets to Children Even though India's children account for more than one-third of its population, their interests have never been given priority. And their rights have been violated every single day. CRY UK's partner, CRY- Child Rights and You has compiled some statistics on the situation of children in India. This is based on its experience of working on a range of children's issues across all regions of India. The statistics are grim. What is worse is that very little is known of what it means to be part of such horrific numbers The task before society is huge and we at CRY UK believe that every member of our society should take responsibility to change the lives of these children permanently.

 

The situation of underprivileged children in India

EDUCATION

  • Budgetary provision for child education by the government has increased from 1.47% in 2001-02 to 3.34% of the total Union Budget in 2013-14 GDP (Eleventh Five Year Plan, Government sites and yearly budgetary- related documents published by HAQ)
  • Net Enrollment Ratio (NER) at the Upper Primary Elementary Level is only 58.3% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 2012)
  • National Dropout Rate at the Elementary Level is over 40% (District Information System for Education, 2011-12)
  • About 35% children with disabilities remain out of Elementary school (District Information System for Education, 2011-12)
  • School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls is a high 63.5% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 2012)
  • Around 45 per cent of the schools do not have even their own boundary wall (Annual Economic Survey, 2011-12)
  • 16.6% of public schools have no provision for drinking water (Annual Economic Survey, 2011-12)
  • 56% of public schools do not have a separate toilet for girls (Annual Economic Survey, 2011-12)

HEALTH

  • Every second child in India is malnourished (National Family Health Survey-III, 2005-06)
  • Girls have 61% higher mortality than boys at age 1-4 years (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • 22 % babies are born with low birth weight (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • About 55% of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes children under 3 years are underweight compared to about 37% of children from the general population (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • 47 out of every 1000 live births do not complete their first year of life (Sample Registration System , 2011)
  • 79% or 4 out of 5 children (6-35 months) are anaemic (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • 56% adolescent girls (15-19 years) are anaemic, as against 30% adolescent boys (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • Only about half or 54% children have received full immunization District Level Household and facility Survey-III, 2007-08)

GIRL CHILD

  • Girls have 61% higher mortality than boys at age 1-4 years (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • The child sex ratio is at he lowest it has ever been with just 914 girls for every 1000 boys (Census, 2011)
  • School dropout rate amongst adolescent girls is a high 63.5% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 2012)
  • Nearly 45% girls get married before the age of eighteen years (National Family Health Survey-III)
  • 56% adolescent girls (15-19 years) are anaemic, as against 30% adolescent boys (National Family Health Survey-III)

CHILD LABOUR

  • 11.8% children in India are engaged in some form of child labour (National Family Health Survey-III)
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