CRY statistics : Most pinching facts about India "In truth, millions of India 's children are denied even the most basic rights of survival and protection. CRY (Child Relief 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 believe that every member of our society should take responsibility for their plight and make a big difference to the children of our nation." "About 60 million Indian children under the age of 6 live below the poverty line. Every second child in the country is malnourished. Almost 2 million children in India die every year before reaching their first birthdays. One in 11 dies before his/her fifth birthday. 7 to 8 Lakh (800,000) children die every year from easily preventable diseases like diarrhea. Children from 100 million families live without water at home. Children from 150 million families live in households without electricity. Less than half of India 's children between the age 6 and 14 go to school. A little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade one reach grade eight. One in every ten children is disabled in India ." India has the maximum number of 'out of school' children in the world. Only 60% of Indian children (the total child population below 14 is 228 million) reach 5th grade, and many of those 'completing' primary school cannot read or write." "In addition to the deaths of infants and children due to malnourishment and disease, innumerable and unrecorded numbers of girl Children are killed within hours of being born while many others are killed in the womb itself. Patriarchal norms, low status of women and preference for male children are the primary reasons that threaten survival of female children in India." .1 out of every 6 girls does not live to see her 15th birthday One-third of these deaths take place at birth Every sixth girl child's death is due to gender discrimination Females are victimized far more than males during childhood 1 out of every 10 women reported some kind of child sexual abuse during childhood,chiefly by known persons 1 out of 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 4 19% are abused between the ages of 4 and 8 28% are abused between the ages of 8 and 12 35% are abused between the ages of 12 and 16 3 lakh more girls than boys die every year Female mortality exceeds male mortality in 224 out of 402 districts in India Death rate among girls below the age of 4 years is higher than that of boys. Even if she escapes infanticide or feticide, a girl child is less likely to receive immunization, nutrition or medical treatment compared to a male child 53% of girls in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate. Every year 27,06,000 children under 5 years die in India. And the deaths of girl children are higher than those of male children. 100 million child laborers in India work in hazardous or exploitative conditions. They work for 12 - 15 hours a day and earn less than Rs.3 per day. They work with explosives, metals, and poisonous gases from the age of 3 - 4 years. 15 million of these children are bonded laborers. There are 11 million homeless children, living on the streets. One out of two children between the ages of 6 and 14 has no access to primary education. 80% of child labor is engaged in agricultural work. 25% of the victims of commercial sexual exploitation in India are below 18 years of age. Millions of children work to help their families because the adults do not have appropriate employment and income thus forfeiting schooling and opportunities to play and rest. Children also work because there is demand for cheap labor. High incidence of child labor is a result of high incidence of adult unemployment. Large numbers of children work simply because there is no alternative - since, they do not have access to good quality schools. Poor and bonded families often "sell" their children to contractors who promise lucrative jobs in the cities and the children end up being employed in brothels, hotels and domestic work. Many run away and find a life on the streets." There are approximately 2 million child commercial sex workers between the age of 5 and 15 years and about 3.3 million between 15 and 18 years They form 40% of the total population of commercial sex workers in India 80% of these are found in the 5 metros 71% of them are illiterate 500,000 children are forced into this trade every year" Source: UNICEF · Every hour 2 Dalits are assaulted, · Every day 3 Dalit women are raped, · Every day 2 Dalits are murdered & 2 Dalits Houses are burnt in India. (Report of Ministry of Welfare of the Govt. of India 1992-1993) · 37 percent of Dalits living below poverty in India. · More than half (54%) of their children are undernourished in India. · 83 per 1000 live birth children born in Dalit community are highly probable of dying before the first birthday. · 45 percent of Dalits do not know read and write in India. · Dalits women burden double discrimination (gender and caste) in India. · Only 27 percent of Dalits women give institutional deliveries in India. · About one third of Dalit households do not have basic facilities. (Source: NSSO, Census of India and NFHS-II) Now see the latest official police reports on average over last 5 years shows that (many crimes remain unnoticed as a fear of dominant castes or of police) daily almost 27 officially registered atrocities are being committed against Dalits, see reports below:- · 13 Dalits are murdered every week, · 5 Dalits home or possessions are burnt every week, · 6 Dalits are kidnapped or abducted every week, · 3 Dalit women are raped every day, · 11 Dalits are beaten every day and · A crime is committed against a Dalit every 18 minute. Also one recent study of untouchabilty in rural India covering 565 villages in 11 states found that · Public health workers refused to visit Dalit homes in 33% of villages, · Dalits were prevented from entering police station in 27.6% of villages, · Dalit children had to sit separately while eating in 37.8% of Govt. schools, · Dalits didn't get mail delivered to their homes in 23.5% of villages & · Dalits were denied access to water sources in 48.4% of villages because of segregation & untouchabilty practices. · Half of India's Dalit children are undernourished, 21% are severely underweight & 12% DIE before their 5th BIRTHDAY. · Literacy rates for Dalit women are as low as 37.8% In Rural India. See other Recent Facts:- · India continues to be at the BOTTOM of the pile as far as the HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX is concerned RANKED as low as 126. ----- Report by UNESCO · 30% children don't attend school & learning levels are abysmally low in India. ----- Report by UNICEF · 260 million or one in every four poor persons in the world is an Indian. Also one in every Indian is POOR. (From INDIA TODAY, 18th DEC.06) · Population of India is expected to increase from 1029 million to 1400 million during the period 2001-2006. · Is this going to change? "India- 16.9% world population & just 2.4% of global land." Only population is going change!!! & due to global warming land is going to decrease!!! · The country seems to thrive on contradictions: India produces well over 300,000 engineers a year, but 700 million Indians lack access to toilets; top Indian universities are among the world's most competitive, but nearly 40 percent of adults are illiterate; India now has Ferrari dealerships, but only six percent of rural homes have telephone. · The conviction rate under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act is 15.71% and pendency is as high as 85.37%. This when the Act has strict provisions aimed as a deterrent. By contrast, conviction rate under IPC is over 40%. Come forward friends & accept the reality & have couarge to bring INDIA out of all these contradictions. Also why is it only the duty of Dalits or poor people to bring up these kind of facts about the reality, why castiest people talk much about abolishment of caste only in TV interviews, why don't they bring the true face of INDIAN society to the people? Come forward friends, read & spread awareness among friends.
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