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Basic human rights of the street children-a special reference to Bhubaneswar city


Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal
Tulishree Pradhan,1 Tarini Prasad Sahoo2

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Abstract

This paper deals with the situation of street children in Bhubaneswar town of Odisha. A street child is “any boy or girl for whom the street has become his or her ordinary home or source of sustenance”. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, around 4,00,000 street children are living in different parts of India, wherein living conditions are vulnerable. Bhubaneswar is one of Odisha State’s fast-growing cities. The researcher selected Bhubaneswar city as a research framework and collected data on the socio-economic and living conditions of 20 street children using the targeted sampling method. The survey revealed that respondents were on average 14 years old. Approximately 82% of street kids have dropped out of school. The main job they do for their sustenance is to collect old papers, coolie work, begging, shoe shining, flower selling, etc. A small percentage of street children, according to key informants, are implicated in thefts, sex work, drug cases, whistle-blowers, etc. This study suggests that street children should receive thoughtful care, emotional support, and nutritious nutrition so that they are not at risk for their health and work. The concept of street education must be developed for the street children by that they could be easily integrated into other public schools later on as a means of mainstreaming them into society. Apart from that, the media must publicize the success stories of the restoration of street children with their family members or to mainstream society

Keywords

street children, child abuse, children safety, welfare

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