Rise in girls living on Mumbai’s streets raises trafficking concerns, says charity Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to the prime minister to prioritise children
Eastern Eye Staff
Girls make up almost half the street children in Mumbai, a steep increase in recent years, according a local charity which says life on the streets puts girls at a greater risk of trafficking and sexual abuse. Pratham, a Mumbai-based organisation focused on education, surveyed 651 children aged 18 and younger at traffic lights, railway stations and tourist spots and found that 47 percent were girls. More than a third were under five, while about 60 percent were six to 14 years old, the survey found. “We found almost equal numbers of girls and boys, which came as a big…
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