The children who live in the street are called street children. Street children are those who have no fixed place to live in. Their condition is very pathetic. They move on the streets. They have to live under the open sky. They eat leftover rice from the roadside dustbins. They pass their nights on the footpaths, railway stations, bus stands, and launch ghats. They live under the open sky. We find them here and there on town and city streets in shabby torn clothes. They roam here and there on the streets, eat the leftover food from the roadside dustbins and sleep on footpaths or stations. The street is their home. So, they are called street children.
They move from one place to another place around the city in search of livelihood. They do many risky jobs. They earn their livelihood by working hard. The only objective and challenge of the life of these unlucky children are just to keep their heads above water. Some of them collect pieces of paper, old plastic things, torn shoes, etc. They do these jobs mainly for living. Yet, they are unpaid. They have to carry loads, break bricks, sale flowers. Sometimes, they are involved in illegal activities. When they grow up, they get themselves involved in illegal activities such as pocket-picking and snatching. They are tortured by the police. They are treated harshly. They have none to their bear expenditure. Most of them are forsaken by their parents. These street children never think of going to school. Even they cannot have a square meal every day let alone medical treatment.
It is an irony of fate that these children are deprived of their basic rights such as food, shelter, clothing, and education. They are deprived of education, clothes, food, accommodation, and treatment. They are deprived of parental affection, care, and security. They suffer from malnutrition and get attacked with various diseases at an early age. They are deprived of a happy life. In fact, they are a burden to society and of the government. They are completely deprived of the basic needs of life. They drench in rain and burn in the sun.
These underprivileged and poor children are deprived of the basic needs of life We should stand beside them. The government can rehabilitate them by collecting and sheltering them into vagrant houses or orphanages, by giving them vocational training and elementary education, by giving them small loans and by managing them self-employment. Both governmental and non-governmental organizations should come forward in this regard. The government and the civil society should extend helping their hands so as to ensure them a better life.