Despite everything that may suggest how things are quite completely under control with technology and communication, the true fact is that the modern world is besieged by innumerable real-world problems that continue to plague every layer of its society, such as the exploitation of classes based on monetary control. Perhaps one of the most afflicted due to these are children, whose true plight is visible only through a comprehensive look at the statistics of children CRY America and other NGOs release periodically.
The situation in India
Some child statistics CRY America has collated to gauge the situation for children in the East and West respectively:
- 47 of every 1000 children in India perish before their first year of life completes.
- 1 out of every 2 children in India are malnourished.
- 4 of every 5 children in India are anaemic.
- About 22% of children are born with a lower body weight than average
- Only about 54% of children have immunization at the district level.
However, the situation is no different elsewhere around the world. Children’s statistics don’t exaggerate, with the documentation of underprivileged children CRY America has collated allowing us a closer look at the primary problems befalling children in the West; abuse and neglect:
- About 12% of the juvenile population in the United States of America has faced maltreatment and been victimized to some extent.
- Only about 43 of every 1000 children have received a proper investigation by CPS agencies based on tip-offs, complaints and reports filed on their behalf; an appalling rate of 4 children for every hundred distress calls dispatched by complainants.
- 60% of abuse victims reported and rescued had shown signs of neglect.
In a scenario like these, a slew of measures is needed indeed to tackle the menace, such as follows:
- Sensitization of schools toward children from difficult backgrounds
- Increased social watch programming to report instances of exploitation
- Better legal protection to build a case against perpetrators swiftly to name a few!
The odds may be stacked against children but a focused effort can turn things around!