CHILDHOOD IS ENDING TOO SOON

WHAT IS ENDING CHILDHOOD IN INDIA

Health & Nutrition

  • 20% of world’s under-5 deaths, that is one in every 5 under-5 deaths, occur in India - numbering to 1.2 million children dying due to preventable causes in a year1
  • India has the largest number of stunted children in the world1
  • 28% children in India have low birth weight at the time of their birth1
  • One in three children in India has stunted growth2
  • An estimated 40% children (under 5) in India are malnourished2

1British Medical Journal, The Lancet
2National Family Health Survey
3UNESCO Policy Paper

Education

  • In India, 47 million youth of upper secondary age are not in school, representing nearly half of the population for that age group3
  • About 60.6 lakh (2.97%) children in the age-group of 6-13 years are still out of school of which 28.9 lakh are girls4
  • A total of 8.4 crore children in India are out of school5
  • As many as 78 lakh Indian children are forced to earn a livelihood even as they attend schools5

4National Sample Survey of Estimation of Out-of-School Children in the Age 6-13 in India
5Census of India 2011

Child Rights Violation

  • India has the largest number of child labourers under the age 14 in the world. This means one in every 11 children is working6
  • 47.4% females in India get married before the age of 187
  • 18% Indian girls get married before the age of 15.7
  • An estimated 2 million children have no place to call home and live on the streets of India8
  • 82.2 lakh children (aged 5 to 14) work as child labourers in India.6

6Census of India 2011
7UNICEF State of World Children Report 2015
8Save the Children India’s 2016 Report on Street Children

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