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THE CHALLENGE

There are 13.8 million slums in India and about 750 clusters of those exist alone in Delhi. Children and youth living in such temporary and unorganised areas combat social disorganisation while being deprived of a robust support system. 
These factors compel them to search for daily bread in the most vulnerable situations while struggling to meet basic necessities.
Extreme mental frustration and lack of guidance push them towards deviant behavioural patterns which, alongside a detrimental environment, often brings them in conflict with the law.

 

OUR PAIN-POINT

Exposed to streets and being extremely vulnerable to the hazards it brings along, projects a detrimental trajectory for children and young people. The lack of awareness, opportunities and guidance only pushes them further down that path leading to exploitation. Destitute circumstances also force social inequality amongst the group which has been a bane since historic times and they gradually become breeding ground for numerous social ills from substance abuse, gender discrimination, domestic violence, troubled family affairs, narrow mindset to low aspirations and lack of virtues. 
Being part of begging syndicates, garbage mafias, bootlegging rigs, et al, are only a few trajectories crafted out of this bleak environment. And, expectedly, these illicit trajectories, at some point, bring them in conflict with the law. 


While JJ Act reserves measures to adequately rehabilitate and reform them, our frequents to juvenile home has brought grave inconsistencies in the implementation of those measures. Lodged in the same home for different crimes makes the proper rehabilitation and reformation difficult. In our observation, juveniles lodged for heinous crimes influence those lodged for menial ones and as such the conducive effect only aggravates the situation.

 

Rehabilitation and reformation are very important aspects of any correction home and inconsistencies regarding these have a direct bearing on recidivism–the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend; which is on the rise.

These factors together compel them to search for daily bread in the most vulnerable situations while struggling to make basic ends meet. Thereby, India loses out a significant and a potential fraction of human resource.

 
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CORE ISSUES

  • An unproductive, hostile and detrimental environment 

  • Poor physical and mental health

  • Lack of essential learning opportunities

  • Lack of robust and constructive support system

 

CAUSES & CONSEQUENCES

CAUSES

  • Destitute Circumstances

  • Lack of Education

  • Social Outcast

  • Lack of Support System

  • No Aspirations

  • Lack of Societal Involvement

  • Disturbed Childhood

  • Limited Opportunities

  • Lack of empathy

CONSEQUENCES

  • Begging

  • Child Labour

  • Drug Abuse

  • Poor physical health and well-being

  • Physical or Sexual Abuse

  • Impoverished Lifestyle

  • Indulgence in Crimes

  • Wasteful Human Resource

  • Child Rights Exploited

  • Detrimental Exposure of Streets