City streets home for over 10k kids

Preeti Biswas,TNN | Jul 18, 2015

Poverty, Displacement Causing Many Children To Lead Vulnerable Lives, Reveals Report

HYDERABAD: The city of pearls has now got the dubious distinction of becoming a hub for migrant children living and working on the streets, making them increasingly vulnerable to a variety of risks.

There are an estimated 10,120 street children in the city, a report by Save the Children and Price Waterhouse Coopers revealed on Friday .Titled ‘Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India’, the report also elaborated that 1,784 of the children begged on the streets, 4,593 were found working and 3,743 belonged to families dwelling on the streets.

Apart from Hyderabad, the survey was conducted in Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Jaipur as well. The number of street children in Kolkata was found to be double at 20,030.However, in Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar, the numbers were comparatively lesser at 4,469 and 3,533 respectively . The proportion of boys was highest in Jaipur at 80.7 per cent, while the proportion of girls was highest in Bhubaneswar at 39.2 per cent.

The survey , conducted in 2013-14, cited several reasons for homelessness. In Hyderabad, almost 37.4% children cited mobility of the entire family as the key reason for landing up on the streets. Similarly, 13.7% came in search of jobs and another 13.7% due to poverty and hunger.

“The traditional occupation of agriculture is not considered too profitable these days. The capital city provides more economic and livelihood opportunities as compared to rural hinterlands. Therefore, the landless poor migrate to these cities in search of livelihood opportunities,” said Devendra Tak, national manager for media and communication at Save the Children.

The study also found that many migrants arrive in the city due to displacement and lack of slum rehabilitation plans by the government.Standing testimony to this is the fact that almost 47.9% children in the city live in the open. Incidentally , many children also land up at railway stations for shelter and income.

“If I do not work, it will be hard for my family back home in Bihar to survive. My father is dead and my mother cannot raise my six siblings alone,” a 16-year-old at Secunderabad railway station was quoted in the report.

The lack of protection for street children has been captured starkly , as 39.8% faced threat at their sleeping place at night and 40.3% faced it at their workplace. “This boy who grew up with me tried to rape me while I was sleeping.He is a nice boy but was under the influence of alcohol. The police took him and thrashed him so hard he was unable to walk for a week,” quoted a 17-year-old-girl in Patancheru in the report.

If this was not enough, almost 37.4% street children in the city confessed to have had threat to lifelimbs. However, in Bhubaneshwar and in Jaipur, the threat was higher at 54.3% and 50.3% respectively. Almost 39.3% of street children in Kolkata were harassed by cops.

Hoping that the governments address this issue, Deepak Kapoor, PwC India chairman, stated, “These children are important stakeholders in the country’s development and the issues they face call for urgent attention from authorities.”


Raichur girl found in Mumbai

Project Hopeline – helping missing children reach their families

raichur girl found in Mumbai

Organisation restoring missing children

Project Hopeline – helping missing children reach their families

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Group reuniting missing children with their families

Project Hopeline – helping missing children reach their homes

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Operation Muskaan sends 45 street children to school

While the police at Siddipet were busy making arrangements Haritha Haram programme on July 4, the police at the district headquarters were involved in a totally different activity.

They were conducting ‘Operation Muskaan,’ an initiative by the Union Government to rescue street children, at Marx Nagar and Narayana Reddy Nagar.  Continue reading

Private hospital in Medak raided

The hospital was conducting operations without proper facilities

A private hospital has been raided by the district administration for conducting operations without proper facilities at Kowdipally mandal of Medak district here.

Residents of Sheri tanda in Kowdipally mandal explaining their problems.- PHOTO: MOHD. ARIF

Residents of Sheri tanda in Kowdipally mandal explaining their problems.- PHOTO: MOHD. ARIF

According to district medical and health officer (DM&HO) C. Ranga Reddy, a complaint was lodged with the police to register a criminal case against Mamata Hospital at Kowdipally for conducting surgeries without proper facilities. The issue came to light following reports that as many as 16 persons of Sheri tanda under Muhammadnagar gram panchayat limits in Kowdipally were reportedly operated upon for appendix removal in the past one-and-a-half years. Twelve of them are below 16 years. In one case, there were four members from one family.

Dr. Reddy said a team would be sent to the tanda to conduct a study on the health problem.

The common complaint from those who were operated upon, included pain on the right side below the abdomen, vomiting sensation, fever and painful urination among others. The residents of the tanda did not know the reason why so many of them were affected and operated upon for the same health problem. Those who were operated in private hospitals were forced to pay about Rs. 16,000 whereas those who underwent operations in government hospitals spent Rs. 4,000 each.

Dr. M. Sudhakar of Mamata Nursing Home at Kowdipally, where a large number of operations were reportedly carried out, said that he was not sure about reasons forcing the patients to undergo operations.

“We have no facility of scanning and other required tests here. An expert from city comes here and conducts operations. I am not authorised to conduct operations as I am a BAMS,” Dr. Sudhakar told The Hindu . Four persons from A. Pandu’s family underwent operations in the recent past.

M.S. Chandra, president of CARPED, an NGO working in Medak, said that they never came across such a large number of operations in one tanda.

Cops Stop Child Marriage

Challenges of Child Marriages – response of Civil Society

Nov 28, 2013

In another instance of a minor girl being married off in Medak district, timely intervention of officials saved a 13­year old girl from getting married

After receiving an alert from one of the girl’s friends, Hutnoor mandal sub­inspector Bharath Kumar arrived at the spot and told the family members to stop the marriage.