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India is the seventh largest and second most populous country in the world. With acceleration in economic growth, India has become one of the fastest growing developing countries. This has created a rift between poor and rich; 22 per cent of the population lives below the income poverty line. Due to unemployment, increasing rural-urban migration, attraction of city life and a lack of political will India now has one largest number of street child in the world.
Street children are subject to malnutrition, hunger, health problems, substance abuse, theft, , harassment by the city police and railway authorities, as well as physical and sexual abuse. Though Government of India has taken some corrective measures and declared child labor as illegal.
· There are more than 100 million street and working children in India.
· They are eking out a grim existence in India's towns and cities.
· Children as young as six have to resort to car washing, begging, carrying luggage, fetching tea or working in small industries to support themselves ... and sometimes their families.
· More than 20% of India’s Gross National Product is produced by children….
By courtesy:- wikipedia and skcv…

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