Status Report
on Child Rights
in India

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Status Report on Child Rights in India


  • Every second child in India is malnourished (NFHS-III, 2005-06)
  • 11.8% children in India are engaged in some form of child labour (NFHS-III)
  • National Dropout Rate at the Elementary Level is over 40% (DISE, 2011-12)
  • Nearly 45% girls get married before the age of eighteen years (NFHS-III)
  • Only 54% children received full immunization (DLHS-III, 2007-08)
  • 47 out of every 1000 live births do not complete their first year of life (SRS, 2011)

Children constitute over a third of India's population of a 1.21 billion and yet they are only perceived as the 'future generation' of economically contributing adults and not as citizens of today. The CRY study, 'Status Report on Child Rights in India: An Overview of the Past Decade' shows a very dismal situation where current issues concerning children are highlighted.

Children's issues remain largely invisible and de-prioritized as they do not constitute the vote bank; they do not figure in electoral outcomes – an issue such as inflation could make or break a government but the fact that every second child in the country is malnourished does not have such an impact on the course or consequence of elections and governments.

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