Street children are those who have no fixed place to live in. They move on the streets. The condition of the street children is very pathetic. They want to work in some odd jobs; if they have no job, for them it’s normal to steal to eat, and if they have extra money, they buy drugs. They do many risky jobs. Yet, they are unpaid. They eat leftover rice from the roadside dustbins. They roam here and there on the streets, eat the leftover food from the roadside dustbins and sleep on footpaths or stations. They sleep on the footpaths. Most of all these children are deprived of health care and education. They suffer from malnutrition and get attacked with various diseases at an early age. They live under the open sky. They are in bad health, because of their abuse of drugs, venereal disease. The street is their home. So, they are called street children. They are completely deprived of the basic needs of life.
There are many causes of there being street children: Poverty, Neglect, Disease, War, Famine, Social, and Family Breakups. The effects of several economic, social, and political factors have been known to bring about street children. Sometimes, they are involved in illegal activities. They are treated harshly. They are tortured by the police. Sometimes the children have to adopt the tough culture of the streets. They have none to their bear expenditure. Some of them collect pieces of paper, old plastic things, torn shoes, etc. They do these jobs mainly for living. Not only is the problem growing but also human rights are being violated. They are left by their parents. Most of the street children who have left home because of domestic violence are spiritually and emotionally impaired. They are deprived of education, clothes, food, accommodation, and treatment. They are deprived of a happy life. Thus, they remain underprivileged. These underprivileged and poor children are deprived of the basic needs of life. In fact, they are a burden of society and of the government.
Millions of children all around the world live on the street and in poverty. We should stand beside them. In fact, the major problem concerning street children is their visibility on the streets and the violation of their human rights. It is an irony of fate that these children are deprived of their basic rights such as food, shelter, clothing, and education. Therefore, it is our duty to rehabilitate them. Both governmental and non-governmental organizations should come forward in this regard. If we help these children they can help us in the future.