Despite the idea that a majority of the world’s contemporary problems have been solved through technology and socio-political progress, there continue to be several teething issues that still thrive in society, with the challenges posed to underprivileged children being one such example today. With more youngsters out there than there NGOs to protect them, the battle is an uphill task. So if you are just reading up or would like to get acquainted with the scenario facing children, here’s what to know!
A look at numbers
Based on trends and existing numbers around India regarding childrenstatistics are as follows:
- Just over half (54%) of the existing children have immunization at the district level.
- 4 of every 5 children in India are anaemic.
- 22% of children are born with a lower than average body weight.
- 47 of every 1000 children in India perish before their first year completes.
- 1 out of every 2 children in India are malnourished.
The situation does not change much even in the First World. Extensive documenting of child statistics CRY America and other NGOs have done show the reality of the two primary problems plaguing American children; abuse and neglect.
- 60% of victims who suffer abuse have shown signs of neglect when rescued.
- Only 43 of every 1000 children managed to extract a complete investigation by CPS agencies based on tip-offs, calls and reports from neighbours or confidants; an alarming rate of only 4 children being tended to for every hundred calls.
- About 12% of juveniles residing currently in the United States of America have received roughly some degree of maltreatment and victimization.
When it comes to this problem of underprivileged children, CRY America’s findings are just about the tip of the iceberg. So a number of measures are required to tackle this, namely:
- Increasing the amount of neighbourhood watch programs to nip instance of violence, abuse and exploitation.
- Drafting stricter legislation to allow building a strong case in any lawsuit involving children.
- Exercising sensitization among school administrators and teachers when it comes to children from difficult backgrounds.
So fight for the next generation’s rights!