‘Destitute girls are often traumatised; they need love, acceptance’

Ashraf Engineer

June 21, 2023

The Indian girl child is born to tremendous disadvantages. For instance, India is the only large country where more baby girls die than baby boys. The gender differential in child survival, according to UNICEF, is 11%. Girls log fewer hospital admissions, an indicator that parents give less attention to them. It’s a society ridden with structural inequalities for the girl child. Destitute girls lie at the bottom of this very disadvantaged list. Who stands up for them? Anuradha Bhosale, a former child labourer and now a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labour activist, speaks to All Indians Matter.