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ALL THEY NEED IS A BETTER LIFE

 Neither  scorching  summers  nor  cold  windy winter  mornings  not even  glittering  crystals  of  rainfall  stops  them  to  meet  you  daily  at  the  same  traffic  signal. They come  running  towards  you  as  your  car  come  to  a  halt  at  a  traffic  signal.  Dressed  in  the  shabbiest  clothes, bare  feet  they  peep  inside  your  car  and  bang  your  car  windows  with  their  tiny  hands  for  money. They  clean up your car to their best, they  sell  items  with  a  hope  that  you  will  give  them  money  for  the  food. Sometimes  their  efforts  remain  fruitless,  sometimes  a  single  penny  makes  them  joyous  as  if  they  have  got  everything  in  life. Sometimes  they  entertain  you  with  their  dance  and  facial  expressions, sometimes  tears  in  their  eyes  narrating  the  story  of  their  hunger. Life  is  so  unfair,  at  this  young  age  instead  of  carrying  school  bag  on  their  shoulders  they  carry  burden  of  responsibilities  for  survival,  instead  of  holding  a  pencil  in  tiny  hands  they  hold  flowers  or  some  other  item  for  sale,  instead  of  raising  their  hand  in  classroom  to  answer  the  question   they  raise  it  for begging. They  dream  but  they  don't  have  means  to  fulfil  them,  they  want  to  sleep  on  cozy  bed  but  flyovers  have  become  their  shelter,  they  want  to  play   with  toys  but  destiny  has  decided  something  else  for  them. They  do  want  to  eat  delicious  food  but  penny  given  by  you  and  me  decides  fate  of  their  meal. Streets  are  full  of  these  kids   who  are  ignorant  of  their  childhood  and   of  their  future courtesy “POVERTY”.
Street  children  are  not  confined  to  begging  only  but  they  are  illegally  employed  by  tea  shops,  dhabas , restaurants. Many of us must have asked “chotus for that very special chai at many road stoppages during our lavish road trips. Most  of  them  are  engaged  in  scavenging  recyclable  materials,  they  are  forced  to  work  in  hazardous  industries,  they  are  also  sometimes  engaged  in  activities  such  as  stealing,  pick pocketing, drug paddling  and  prostitution. Despite  of  government's  ban  on  the  employment  of  children  under  age  of  14  years  as  child  labour  or  domestic  help, they  not  only  perform  variety  of  household  services  from  providing  care  for  tiny  tods  to  housekeeping, but  they  have  also  been  harassed ,  tortured  and  beaten  up  by  their  masters. The policies so far formulated are still confined to the papers.
Each  day  is  like  a  challenge  for  these kids, if  on  one  hand  they  have  to  fight  for  their  survival,  on  the  other  hand  child  trafficking  and  sexual  harassment  can  lead  them  to  exploitation.
It is  estimated  that  India  is  a  home  for  18  million  street  children  and  because  of  illiteracy,  unemployment  and  poverty  this  figure  is  adding  on  many  innocent  kids  to  the  total.
They  were  born  on  streets, they  played  on  streets, they  growing  on  streets, they  die  on  streets  in short  “streets”  have  become  their  home. Today  they  are  on  streets  because  their  parents  were  not  literate , because  their  parents  were  not  employed  and  were  not  able  to  provide  them  a   proper  meal, and ,tomorrow  their  very  own  kids  will  step  into  their shoes and  will  lead  the  life  as  street  children.
India  is  a  nation  where  economical  inequalities  has  led  big  discrepancies  between  rich  and  poor on  one  side  rich  getting  richer  and  poor  getting  poorer. Imbalance of the rich & poor is aggravating the existing situation. Daily  through   newspapers or  through  press  media  we  come  across  big  scams. CWG  scam,  2 G  scam,  be  it  Bofor  scam  or  fodder  scam,  from  Telegi   to  Satyam , from  IPL  to  Coal  and  Black  money stashed in  swiss  bank accounts, it's just  one  thing  common  in  all  is  CORRUPTION . No  doubt  both  government  and  NGO's  are  formulating  policies  time  to  time  and  providing  aid  to  street  kids  but  that's  not  enough. Instead  of  going  into  the  pocket  of  babus  if  all  the  amount  involved  in  scams  would  have  gone  for  the  welfare  and  betterment  of  people  who  are  below  poverty  line  than  for  sure there  wouldn't  have  been  STREET KIDS, POOR or  POVERTY.
Let's   give  them  helping  hand, not  with  a  penny, but  by  giving  them  education,  by  giving  nutritious  food  and  shelter. It's   a TIME  TO  CHANGE  and  stop  tiny  hands  to  raise  for  begging. Let  these   hands  raise  towards a better  tomorrow.


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