Lost Child­hoods

India Today - - UPFRONT -

For all the talk of In­dia’s healthy growth rates, a re­port re­leased this month by in­ter­na­tional NGO Save the Chil­dren shows we have more stunted chil­dren than any other coun­try as a re­sult of chronic mal­nu­tri­tion. The re­port, ti­tled ‘Stolen Child­hoods’, as­sessed rates of ‘un­der-5 mor­tal­ity, mal­nu­tri­tion that stunts growth, out-of-school chil­dren, child labour, early mar­riage, ado­les­cent births, dis­place­ment by con­flict and child homi­cide’, ar­gu­ing that while there ‘have been ma­jor gains for chil­dren in the past 25 years... re­cent progress in fight­ing ex­treme poverty has of­ten not reached those chil­dren who need it most’.

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