Alarming Conditions of Girl Child in India
Though there are children facing problems all over the globe, the condition of children between the ages of 3 to 15 in some countries are really pitiful. In particular, countries such as India and Africa have children that do not even receive basic human rights, let alone amenities that normal children receive.
The statistics surrounding the livelihood of underprivileged children is simply alarming no matter what aspect of life you look towards. However, the conditions of a girl child worsens with the problem of inequality between sexes, which is a highly prevalent problem in a country like India.
It is estimated that about 40% of India’s population is below the age of 18 years, which consists of about 400 million children, standing as one of the world’s largest child population. Among these children, global organizations have estimated that not even half of them get the opportunity to attend institutions that provide basic primary education.
In terms of health, it is estimated that one in every five adolescent boys suffers from malnourishment, which rises up to 50% in case of girls. Sadly one out of every six girls does not live to see her 15th birthday.
An Indian girl child who falls between the age group of 1 to 5 years is 75% more likely to die than an Indian boy. Every 6th girl child’s death is attributed to the evil of gender discrimination. Even if she somehow manages to escape the issue of infanticide or foeticide, the girl is less likely to receive proper nutrition or medical treatment as compared to a male child.
Statistics also suggest that about 53% of girls in falling in the age group of 5 to 9 years is denied any form of education. The horrifying truth that 1 out of 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 4 stands as the biggest problem faced by India today.
Luckily, NGO’s such as CRY are making their best efforts to tackle such problems so that girls too get an equal right to be a part of the society, as well as proper access to all the rights they are entitled to.