ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bringing Justice to Juveniles-Extension of Poverty Alleviation Programmes

Extension of Poverty Alleviation Programmes Shiva Jaamdar THE plight of children from poor families in India, particularly in towns and cities, is increasingly getting worse over the years. The joint family system and bonds of community which provided safety nets to children are gradually breaking down. Burgeoning population growth, increasing rural out-migration and growth of ugly slums in urban areas are further aggrevating dehumanisation of children. As child- beggars and rag-pickers, runaways and vagrants, orphans and destitutes, forced child labourers and delinquents, child prostitutes and pimps, these helpless children reflect deeper social and economic maladies: the problems of unemployment and poverty, family disorganisation and inadequate measures of social security [Boszormenyi-Nagy and Spark 1984].

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