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37,000 children roam on Mumbai roads

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TISS and social organizations’ report gives eye opening facts

street childrenMumbai: Do you know there are 37,000 children roam on the roads of Mumbai? In a survey conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) along with Action Aid India and other social organizations revealed the shocking facts.

These children were found taking shelters at the railway stations, on roads and also at various junk places in Mumbai.

The organizations along with the TISS counted the number of the children living on the roads in Mumbai in a report named ‘Making Street Children Matter a Census in Mumbai City’. The report was published in the hands of Varsha Gaikwad, Minister of Woman and Child Development, government of Maharashtra.

Many stark revelations could be found during the census conducted in between November 2012 and February 2013 at 24 wards in Mumbai.

It is found that there were around 70% of the boys and 30% of the girls live on roads. Out of them 65% of the children live with their parents on roads. The maximum number i.e. 2,802 children living on roads could be found in Kanjur Marg-Bhandup area.

The interesting fact is that 77% of the children could get the aids from the government and civic organization but they were found unknown about it.

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